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Standing up to an employer to report that company’s legal violations and wrongdoings can take a lot of courage. After all, the people who decide to blow the whistle on corporations can be putting their income, careers, and reputations on the line in their pursuit of justice.
At Broslavsky & Weinman, LLP, our Los Angeles whistleblower lawyers help such individuals protect their rights and craft the strongest possible whistleblower cases.
Who Are Whistleblowers?
Whistleblowers can be any employee of a public or private business, including (but by no means limited to) the employees of:
- Government entities
- Political subdivisions
- Public corporations
- Private businesses
- Educational entities
Generally, people become whistleblowers when they report a company’s wrongdoings or legal violations to any law enforcement agency, government authority or a person with authority to correct the violation. Commonly, these wrongdoings or violations include (but are by no means exclusive to):
- Violating any state or federal laws
- Failing to comply with public policy and/or local regulations
- Failing to abide by health and safety regulations
- Fraud involving customers, clients or income
People can also be whistleblowers by aiding investigations into alleged corporate misconduct or testifying at trials related to these investigations/cases.
In addition to the Federal False Claims Act and other federal laws that protect whistleblowers, in California, Labor Code Section 1102.51 also offers whistleblower protections to workers in the state. In particular, this law makes it illegal for employers to:
- Institute or enforce any policy that would deter or prevent people from being whistleblowers
- Retaliate against workers who refuse to engage in any activity or work that would constitute a violation of federal or state laws
- Retaliate against workers who become whistleblowers against them or who have been whistleblowers in the past
Contact Our Los Angeles whistleblower Lawyers Today For A Free Consultation
If you are considering reporting an employer’s wrongdoing, or you have been retaliated against for your whistleblowing activity, contact a Los Angeles whistleblower attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options. Contact one of our lawyers at (310) 575-2550 or email us for a quick response.
With office locations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, our employment attorneys provide legal service and representation to clients throughout California.
Frequently Asked Questions for our Los Angeles Whistleblower Lawyer
What is a whistleblower?
A whistleblower is an individual who exposes illegal, unethical, or fraudulent activity within an organization. They often do so by reporting the activity to the authorities or to the public. In many cases, whistleblowers are employees or former employees of the organization in question.
What is the purpose of whistleblower protection laws?
Whistleblower protection laws are designed to protect individuals who report illegal or unethical activity from retaliation by their employers. These laws are in place to encourage individuals to come forward with information about potential wrongdoing, even if it means risking their jobs or other forms of retaliation.
What is the False Claims Act?
The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law that allows private individuals to sue on behalf of the government in cases of fraud committed against the government. The FCA provides financial incentives for whistleblowers to come forward with information about fraud, as well as protection against retaliation by their employers.
What types of conduct are covered under the False Claims Act?
The False Claims Act covers a wide range of fraudulent activity, including but not limited to:
- Submitting false or fraudulent claims for payment to the government
- Concealing or avoiding payment of debts owed to the government
- Making false statements to secure government contracts
- Using false records or statements to avoid paying money owed to the government
- Conspiracy to commit any of the above
What is the process for reporting fraud under the False Claims Act?
The process for reporting fraud under the False Claims Act involves filing a lawsuit on behalf of the government. This lawsuit is known as a qui tam action. Before filing the lawsuit, the whistleblower must provide a detailed description of the fraud to the government, including all relevant documents and evidence.
What are the potential consequences for whistleblowers?
The potential consequences for whistleblowers can vary depending on the specific circumstances of their case. However, some common consequences include:
- Retaliation from their employer, including termination, demotion, or harassment
- Threats or intimidation from individuals involved in the fraud
- Damaged reputation or professional standing
- Stress and anxiety related to the legal process
What can a whistleblower do if they experience retaliation?
If a whistleblower experiences retaliation as a result of their reporting, they may have legal recourse. This can include filing a complaint with the appropriate government agency or seeking compensation through a private lawsuit.
Can a whistleblower remain anonymous?
In many cases, yes. Whistleblowers are often allowed to file lawsuits or make reports anonymously, with their identity protected by court orders or by the terms of the whistleblower protection laws.
What is the role of a Los Angeles whistleblower attorney?
A Los Angeles whistleblower attorney can help whistleblowers navigate the complex legal process of reporting fraud and seeking protection against retaliation. An attorney can provide guidance on the best course of action, assist with filing a lawsuit or complaint, and represent the whistleblower in court if necessary.