False Claims
  ·Whistleblower Rights

If you are aware of an individual or individuals who are collecting or attempting to collect false claims involving federal funds, you have the opportunity to become a "whistleblower" and utilize "qui tam" action. Qui tam is the legal term that allows whistleblowers to sue an offender on behalf of the United States Government.

Whistleblowers are critical in protecting federal taxpayer dollars, but many potential whistleblowers do not take action for fear of negative repercussions on the job and loss of career security.

Therefore, it is important to know that whistleblowers are highly protected under Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act from being discharged, demoted, harassed, or otherwise discriminated against. An employer found guilty of perpetrating any or all of these actions against a whistleblower is required to provide all necessary relief, including reinstatement, double back pay, and compensation for any special damages, including litigation costs and reasonable attorneys' fees. Additionally, some states have wrongful discharge or other laws that may assist in compensation.

Whistleblower rewards are typically 15 to30% of the recovery. Whistleblower protection has never been stronger. If you or someone you know would like to have an attorney answer your questions about the False Claims Act, contact The Schofner Law Firm.