A whistleblower is a person who "blows the whistle" by reporting wrongdoing that has occurred or is ongoing at his or her workplace. Consumer fraud lawyers represent individuals who decide to blow the whistle after discovering practices such as:
- Engaging in conduct that violates federal or state laws
- Failure to comply with guidelines
- Trying to cover up wrongdoing
- Engaging in fraudulent practices
- Knowingly misleading customers or trying to defraud them out of money
State and Federal Whistleblower Programs
There are several state and federal programs that are in place to encourage individuals to report cases of wrongdoing. Programs include:
- False Claims Acts
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Federal and state whistleblower programs are designed to help private citizens who report cases of fraud to the government in Qui Tam Lawsuits. The laws help whistleblowers sue responsible parties and, in many cases, help the government and taxpayers recover losses.
Protection for Whistleblowers
Blowing the whistle on a company can be scary. But, there are laws that protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation such as:
- Wrongful termination
- Unlawful demotions
- Reduction in salary or benefit cuts
- Harassment or isolation
- Trying to force the employee to quit
Want to Blow the Whistle?
If you believe that someone at your workplace has engaged in illegal practices, you should consider blowing the whistle. It is important to note that there can only be one whistleblower, so you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to find out if and how you can be the one to expose wrongdoing.
Our consumer fraud lawyers pursue whistleblower litigation for citizens who want to report fraud. To learn more about the process and to find out if you are eligible for a lawsuit, contact us today.