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Can I Be Fired For Being a Whistleblower?

Our lawyers explain your rights and protections against retaliation

Many people considering being a whistleblower don’t come forward because they’re afraid of losing their jobs. We understand your concerns if you have witnessed some kind of fraudulent activity or wrongdoing. We realize many whistleblowers live in fear of being fired for speaking out against corruption.

FAQ about whistleblowers

Many people might not realize that laws exist specifically designed to protect whistleblowers from reprisals. Federal, state and even city laws are in place to encourage whistleblowers to report fraud against the government or even private businesses. These laws protect whistleblowers from retaliation. That’s why we want to help.

At Brewer & Pritchard, P.C., we understand how the legal system works when it comes to whistleblower cases. That’s because our lawyers have decades of experience defending the rights of whistleblowers in Texas and throughout the country. As your attorney, you can count on us to build the strongest possible legal case if you have been fired for being a whistleblower.

Don’t live in fear of being fired for being a whistleblower. Know your rights

You likely have a lot of questions if you have been fired or worry about losing your job simply because you did the right thing and reported criminal activity. Below, you can find the answers to many common questions about whether whistleblowers can be fired for exposing wrongdoing.

Are there laws that protect whistleblowers from being fired?

Yes. The False Claims Act and qui tam law include provisions that protect whistleblowers from being wrongfully terminated. The Whistleblower Protection Act also serves as a safeguard against being fired for speaking out against corruption and other illegal activities. In particular, the federal False Claims Act prohibits an employer from harassing or retaliating against an employee for uncovering or reporting fraud against the government.

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What should I do if I’m fired for being a whistleblower?

Contact an experienced wrongful termination lawyer familiar with whistleblower cases. The sooner you take legal action against your employer, the better. A knowledgeable attorney can discuss all your legal options with you.

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What should I do if the government fires me for being a whistleblower?

Contact a lawyer familiar with the Whistleblower Protection Act. Created in 1989, this law was designed to protect whistleblowers that work for the government and take action to stop corrupt government practices or illegal conduct. This federal law primarily protects government employees from disciplinary action for exposing criminal government activity, including kickbacks, corruption, and fraud.

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Who investigates wrongful termination claims filed by whistleblowers?

Often, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigates wrongful termination claims. But if you believe you were fired because of your role as a whistleblower, your case could be investigated by the FBI or Department of Justice depending on the nature of your whistleblower complaint. The Office of the Special Counsel, a federal agency, also handles investigations involving violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act. An attorney can help you review all your legal options and advise you on what you should do next.

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Can I sue my company for firing me for being a whistleblower?

Yes. Whistleblowers who are wrongfully terminated can sue their company. Under the False Claims Act, they can pursue financial compensation for being fired for being a whistleblower. Whistleblowers are often eligible to be reinstated, receive double back pay and financial compensation for any fees or legal costs incurred during this process.

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We know how the legal system works. Contact us. We can help

Reprisals from employers for doing the right thing are unacceptable and may be illegal. So what should you do if you suspect you might be fired for being a whistleblower – or actually have been? Take the first step. Talk to an attorney at our law firm.

When you contact us, we will provide you with the personal attention you deserve and take the time to learn about your case. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach toward whistleblower cases. We tailor our strategy to address your specific needs.

Your case is about more than just money. It’s about holding people accountable for their actions. It’s about justice. Call (713) 903-2731 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a confidential appointment at our law firm. We’re here to help you stand up for your rights.

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