What is the Whistleblower Protection Act?
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Numerous state and federal rules and regulations exist to protect the rights of whistleblowers. Among these laws, one of the most important ones is the Whistleblower Protection Act. But what exactly does the law do to protect the rights of whistleblowers? How do legal cases based on this law actually work?
Our experienced whistleblower attorneys at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. in Houston have an in-depth understanding of the Whistleblower Protection Act. That’s because we have decades of experience representing whistleblowers throughout the country. We know the law. We understand how the legal system works. We’re here for you when you take a stand against injustice.
What is the Whistleblower Protection Act?
Created in 1989, the Whistleblower Protection Act protects whistleblowers that work for the federal government and take action to stop corrupt government practices or illegal conduct. This federal law primarily protects government employees from disciplinary action (including being fired, demoted, transferred, etc.) for exposing criminal government activity, including kickbacks, corruption and fraud.
Since the Whistleblower Protection Act was created in 1989, additional federal laws have been created which enhance and refine the powers of the original federal law. Specifically, Presidential Policy Directive 19 (PPD-19) was enacted in 2012 and gives federal government employees serving in the intelligence community the right to access classified information involving “waste, fraud, and abuse” of power.
In addition, the All Circuit Review Extension Act (H.R. 4197; 113th Congress), gives government whistleblowers the right to appeal a decision involving their whistleblower case to any U.S. Court of Appeals that has jurisdiction over the case.
Who can file a Whistleblower Protection Act claim?
Any federal government employee with direct knowledge of government fraud can take legal action and report specific instances of government fraud or corruption. The Office of Special Counsel (an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency) then investigates federal whistleblower complaints involving violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Why should I hire a Whistleblower Protection Act lawyer?
Many federal employees are afraid to come forward and report wrongdoing involving the federal government. They may fear retaliation for their actions. In many cases, they may be right. That’s because other government officials or contractors dealing with them often deny doing anything wrong. Instead, they often try to blame the whistleblower and claim they’re the one that broke the law.
That’s why it’s so important to have an attorney working exclusively for you if you decide to pursue legal action against the government for violating the Whistleblower Protection Act. Government fraud whistleblowers often face harassment, disciplinary action or are wrongfully terminated for speaking out. Your lawyer can make sure your rights are respected and help build the strongest possible legal case based on your evidence.
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Reprisals against whistleblowers for doing the right thing are unacceptable. That’s one of the reasons why we work so hard for clients throughout the country. As your attorney, 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 Protection Act cases. We tailor our strategy to address your specific legal needs.
Our detailed approach for Whistleblower Protection Act cases often includes:
- Carefully gathering evidence
- Researching all applicable laws
- Reviewing any official reports
- Consulting with experts if necessary
Don’t take chances with your whistleblower case. Hold wrongdoers responsible for their actions. Contact us. We respect our clients’ privacy and understand the sensitive nature of such cases. Call (713) 903-2731 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a confidential appointment.