Representing Employees Filing Whistleblower Claims
The law protects employees who report that their employers violated the law. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who report, either within the company or to a third party, that their employers engaged in unlawful conduct. Illegal retaliation includes not only termination, demotion or a decrease in pay, but may also include an undesirable job assignment, unjustified negative evaluation and increased surveillance.
The law broadly protects employees because the government wants to encourage people to report unlawful behavior. In many cases, employees are the only people with knowledge of the employer’s illegal behavior. Society can be harmed significantly if employees fail to report the illegal behavior because they are worried about losing their job or suffering other types of retaliation.
Some examples of conduct that is protected by whistleblower statutes include:
- Reporting that your employer is defrauding the government for payment
- Reporting behavior that violates safety and health codes
- Claiming that your employer engaged in harassment or discrimination
- Claiming that your employer failed to pay proper wages
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim
- Claiming that your employer engaged in securities fraud, shareholder fraud, bank fraud, a violation of the SEC rule or regulation, mail fraud or wire fraud
Financial Rewards Provided To Whistleblowers
Several whistleblower statutes also provide employees financial rewards for their willingness to come forward. For example, the False Claims Act (FCA) provides financial rewards to people who report that a third party has defrauded the government for payment.
The FCA provides whistleblowers a percentage – 15 to 30 percent – of what the government recovers from the third party. Given that the government may collect up to three times the amount of money it lost due to the third party’s fraud, the whistleblower’s reward can be quite significant.
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If your employer has engaged in illegal conduct, or you have been retaliated against for reporting such conduct, contact Gibson Law, LLC, today 513-834-8254 for a free consultation regarding your protections under the whistleblower statutes. You can also connect with our Ohio firm using our online contact form.