How To Be a Whistleblower
Our attorneys explain what you need to know when filing a lawsuit or claim
People sometimes witness wrongdoing at work. They see waste, fraud or abuse that can hurt every American taxpayer. They might even witness corruption that puts the lives of others at risk. Many people stay silent out of fear, but some brave individuals do step forward and take a take a stand against criminal activity.
Being a whistleblower requires tremendous courage. But what else does it take to become a whistleblower? What are the legal issues that need to be considered if you want to be one? Our attorneys at Brewer & Pritchard, P.C., in Houston understand what you’re going through. That’s why we want to help.
Our lawyers have decades of experience dealing with whistleblower cases around the world. If you’re considering being a whistleblower, we can review your potential case and explain all the legal options available to you. That’s why it’s important you contact us as soon as possible.
What is required to be a whistleblower?
In order to be a whistleblower, you often need to have evidence of financial wrongdoing, corruption or other criminal activity. In some cases, anyone can be a whistleblower and report wrongdoing. In other cases, only certain individuals can legally report such crimes. That’s why it’s important to consult with an attorney before considering taking legal action.
Different rules and regulations exist depending on your whistleblower case. Specific laws exist for whistleblowers covering government fraud and military contractor fraud, including the Whistleblower Protection Act and the False Claims Act. If your case involves a private company or business, different laws protect whistleblowers’ rights, including qui tam law and the U.S. Constitution.
Take immediate action to build a strong legal case
Whatever type of whistleblower you are, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Evidence builds strong whistleblower cases. Evidence also frequently disappears if wrongdoers know that someone suspects illegal activity. Waiting to report wrongdoing could also put your rights at risk. You might be prosecuted for failing to report fraud or other illegal activity.
In addition, you must be the first whistleblower to report a specific instance of criminal activity. If someone else files a similar whistleblower claim before you, your claim will likely be dismissed due to the first-to-file rule under the False Claims Act.
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your case
The stakes can be extremely high for whistleblowers. If you come forward and speak out against fraud or corruption, there could be repercussions for your actions. Even if you’re doing the right thing, you could be the one who’s punished. Whistleblowers are often:
- Wrongfully terminated
- Personally investigated
- Physically harmed
Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your legal issues. Don’t try to tackle your whistleblower case on your own. Get the assistance you need and deserve to protect your legal rights. Talk to an attorney at our law firm right away.
Discover what a dedicated whistleblower attorney can do for you. Contact us
Our lawyers understand the risks whistleblowers face. As your legal team, we work hard to protect your rights as a whistleblower, or “relator,” the official legal term for a whistleblower. We will explore whether you can report such wrongdoing while remaining anonymous. We will also work to secure any financial recovery you may be entitled to as a reward for being a whistleblower reporting criminal activity.
With so much at stake, we take such cases very seriously at our law firm. We know that the work we do could make a dramatic difference in the lives of many people. We know that if we do our job right, your rights will be protected and society at large will benefit from your courageous actions.
Discover what we can do for you. Contact our law firm right now. Call (713) 903-2731 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule an appointment. If necessary, we can help you file a whistleblower lawsuit if we believe that’s the best way to resolve your case. We have years of experience helping people file a qui tam lawsuit “under seal,” meaning the lawsuit is kept secret by the whistleblower while the government investigates such allegations.
Explore your legal options. Contact Brewer & Pritchard, P.C. today for a confidential consultation. We truly want to help you.