What is a Whistleblower?
Considering being a whistleblower? Our attorneys explain your legal options
A whistleblower is someone who reports fraud, corruption or other criminal activity involving the government or private businesses. But such individuals are much more than that. Whistleblowers are courageous people who take a stand and make a difference in our society. Without whistleblowers, criminal activity would flourish and everyone would suffer.
That’s why our Houston law firm is proud to represent whistleblowers throughout the country. At Brewer & Pritchard, P.C., we understand the importance of whistleblowers and respect what they do. That’s why we would be honored to serve as your legal counsel and to work tirelessly on your behalf.
Why do whistleblowers exist?
Whistleblowers have existed long before the term was created in the 1970s. The legal concept of rewarding someone for reporting criminal activity dates back to the 1300s in England. Throughout American history, many people have courageously come forward to speak out against corruption or other illegal activity, as well. As far back as 1778, the United States has enacted laws designed to protect individuals who report misconduct, fraud and other illegal activity by military officers in this country. More comprehensive laws known as the False Claims Act were created in 1863 in an effort to combat military contractor fraud during the Civil War.
Who can be a whistleblower?
Depending on what type of whistleblower case you’re dealing with, many different people can potentially be a whistleblower. This includes:
- Employees aware of fraud or corruption within their company
- Former employees aware of fraud or corruption
- Government employees aware of government fraud or corruption
- Anyone with direct knowledge of financial fraud or corruption
This is just a small sampling of some of the people who can be whistleblowers. Different types of cases may involve different people. That’s why it’s important to fully understand your legal rights and responsibilities if you suspect wrongdoing. That’s why you should talk to a whistleblower attorney right away.
Can I be a whistleblower?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about whistleblowers we often hear from people who contact our law firm. Depending on the nature of the criminal activity at issue, you may or may not be able to take formal action as a whistleblower. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer at our firm to learn more about your legal rights.
Whistleblowers can be people who work for a private company. They can also be concerned citizens simply speaking out against wrongdoing by government agencies or corporations. Whatever the circumstances of your particular case, we can help you explore all the legal options available to you, including whether you can remain anonymous if you chose to be a whistleblower.
How much is my whistleblower case worth?
The amount of money you may be eligible to receive as a reward for being a whistleblower will likely depend on how money is recovered as a result of filing a whistleblower lawsuit or taking other legal action.
In most cases, whistleblowers receive a percentage of the financial assets recovered as a result of their legal action. In general, there is no limit to how much money whistleblowers can receive for reporting fraud or corruption. As a result, a whistleblower could potentially receive thousands or even millions of dollars in financial compensation for their actions.
With so much money at stake, it’s important to fully understand your rights and responsibilities. That’s why it’s important to talk to a whistleblower attorney as soon as possible to learn more about all the legal options available to you.
Whistleblowers have rights. We can protect them. Contact us today
Knowing what to do if you’re considering being a whistleblower can be overwhelming. You have so many legal options available to you. Even knowing where to start can be confusing. That’s why it’s critical that you contact our law firm as soon as possible. We can guide you through all your legal options and help you decide if being a whistleblower is the right decision for you.
We don’t tell you what to do when you contact us. We listen. We learn about your case. Then we work with you to develop a strategy that addresses your specific legal issue. No two cases are ever exactly alike. The same should be true for whatever legal action you decide to take. Call (713) 903-2731 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule a confidential appointment at our firm. We respect your privacy.