When you may need a qui tam False Claims Act attorney
1. You find out that your company is cheating on its Government Contract or is not following Federal laws and regulations.
In this case, you should contact an attorney to get legal advice. You have options and an attorney experienced in handling False Claims Act matters can discuss them with you. Our website has a list of questions and factors for consideration in selecting counsel.
2. You report nonconformitities, legal violations, or regulatory violations to your company and in return you are demoted, fired, or otherwise retaliated against.
Whether or not your company is violating the law or their government contract, your company should not demote you, reassign you, or outright fire you just because you reported irregularities. You may be able to obtain compensation in court. The federal False Claims Act and many state False Claims Acts have anti-retaliation provisions. Many states also have public policy torts that prohibit your company’s behavior. Your career should not suffer because you are trying to do the right thing.
Under the federal False Claims Act, contractors, agents and associated others are now also protected from retaliation. State whistleblower protection provisions vary in the scope of their coverage.
If you believe that you are a victim of employment retaliation, it is imperative that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Often the specific words that you say or actions that you take determine whether a court will find that you are protected under these laws.