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Under the False Claims Act, qui tam allows for an individual who has knowledge of past or present fraud on federal government to bring suit on the government's behalf. A "whistleblower" is a person who reveals information that he/she believes is an illegal act. The most commonly known whistleblowers are employees, who reveal the illegal acts of their employers. They tell on their employers which they suspect is doing or committing an illegal act. The other common individuals who file qui tam are former employees, competitors or subcontractors and federal employees.
Under the Whistleblower Protection Law, the employee is protected from being discharged, suspended, threatened, harassed and from any other discrimination. The employee may help with the investigation and testimony. The exception to this is reporting illegal acts that are within the company. In the case that the employer was in the right and has not broken any laws, the employer is entitled to the Whistleblower Protection Law and protected from retaliation.
The False Claims Act gives persons the right the file lawsuits to recover money from those companies who are cheating the government. Qui tam lawyers understand that sometimes a whistleblower can be mistreated for standing up against wrongdoing. Qui tam lawyers can help support your qui tam case and get the justice you need, as well as protect you from retaliation by your employer.
If you or someone you know has started a whistleblower case because they know that a employer is using government funds inappropriately, contact Attorney Search Network today. Attorney Search Network can help you find an experienced qui tam lawyer that can handle your lawsuit. A qui tam lawyer can assist you in achieving the best possible results.
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