Whistleblowing refers to an employee reporting fraudulent practices or wrongdoing by a corporate employer, the government, or any private organization. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 protects individuals who report such infractions, preventing retaliation by the employer. At the Birmingham law office of Winston Cooks, our experienced employment law attorneys represent individuals across Alabama in whistleblower cases.
These cases, which are also known as "qui tam" cases, can involve fraud against the government, such as the following:
|• Medicare or Medicaid fraud
• Nonpayment or underpayment of income taxes
|• Fraudulent government contracts or price fixing of government purchases
• The willful disregard of state or federal environmental laws
Whistleblowing can also involve the misrepresentation of a company's stock valuation through intentionally deceptive accounting practices.
Protect Yourself By Working With a Knowledgeable Law Firm
If you report corporate or government wrongdoing and need protection under federal whistleblower laws, it is critical to select a law firm whose attorneys have a thorough knowledge of your rights. Retaliation may run the gamut from termination to harassment, demotion, or being passed over for a promotion.
We are prepared to defend your rights, but you must act quickly. A whistleblower who feels he or she has been the victim of retaliation must file a complaint with the Department of Labor within 90 days.
Maximizing the Amount You Recover In Whistleblowing Cases
In some instances, a person who reports fraudulent practices against the government can collect a percentage of the damages the government collects from the company. In whistleblower cases involving income tax fraud, the whistleblower may also qualify for a reward. Our qui tam lawyers work to maximize the amount our clients recover in these cases.
These cases hinge on complex data and careful interpretation of the law. If you are uncertain whether practices within your company represent actual wrongdoing, we welcome the opportunity to review the facts involved and provide a candid and thorough assessment. Contact us to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. If we take your case, you will only pay attorney fees if we obtain a financial settlement for you.