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When an employee learns his or her employer has committed fraud or other wrongdoing, he or she might be afraid to report these actions for fear of retaliation. Fortunately, there are several laws in place to protect those who come forward to report illegal activity committed by their employers. If suspect or know your company is committing fraud, call the experienced Houston whistleblower attorneys at Mejias Lindsay PLLC today. We can help you understand the protections you are granted under federal laws, protect you from retaliation, and help you receive compensation for reporting wrongdoing.
What Is A Whistleblower Claim?
A whistleblower is an employee who reveals fraud or wrongdoing within a company or organization to the public and/or to authorities. Any illegal or unethical behavior by a company or individual within a company can be the subject of a whistleblower claim. While many individuals are afraid to come forward and speak out against their employers, whistleblowers play a crucial role in fighting corporate corruption and illegal activities.
Protections For Whistleblowers
It takes an incredible amount of courage for a whistleblower to come forward. For this reason, there are several laws designed to protect those who chose to do so. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed in 2002 to provide protection for employees that report suspected fraud by their company to the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC). Under the Sarbanes-Oxley act, employers cannot fire, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, or discriminate in any way against a whistleblower.
Whistleblowers can also seek protection under the Federal Civil False Claims Act (FCFCA). The FCFCA allows private citizens to file a lawsuit on behalf of the federal government against federal contractors or other organizations that use or receive government funds. In these instances, the whistleblower may receive a portion of recovered damages.
Why Hire An Attorney?
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, FCFCA, and other laws regarding whistleblower protection are incredibly complex. To ensure you qualify for protection, you will need to work with an experienced whistleblower attorney to protect yourself and your best interests. An experienced trial attorney will be able to investigate the matter discretely while working with various government agencies.
Houston Whistleblower Attorneys
The Houston Whistleblower Attorneys at Mejias Lindsay PLLC know how challenging it can be to speak out against your employer. We can help you understand your legal options and protect your best interests all while keeping your identity protected. If you suspect your company is committing fraud or other wrongdoings, do not wait to speak to an attorney. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.