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Whistleblower Law

Whistleblower or “Relator” Laws

The whistleblower law is a specialized form of employment law that Gerald Fugit is adept at handling. Whistleblower laws protect the rights of individuals to blow the whistle on wrongful conduct. Today, government regulatory bodies, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service actually rely on information from whistleblowers to enforce compliance with laws and regulations.

While the decision to step forward and blow the whistle is sometimes a hard one and can be a scary proposition for some, those who are contemplating blowing the whistle can take comfort in knowing that there are an array of laws that protect the rights of bona fide whistleblowers. The legal term for a whistleblower is a relator.

If you observe a prohibited discrimination against employees and you report it to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you. If your employer retaliates anyway, you may file a discrimination charge with the EEOC, to preserve your right to sue the employer.

whistleblower Ripping off the U.S. government has reached epidemic proportions. The Department of Justice estimates that fraud costs the Medicare system alone between $30-$60 billion annually. If you’re aware of an alleged crime, you owe it to the rest of us taxpayers to report it.

It is often a lower-level employee who has to report a senior employee. Then, the whistle-blower is victimized and nothing happens to the person who has committed the crime.

What is Qui tam?

Qui tam is short for ‘qui tam pro omino regequam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur,’ which means ‘who pursues this action on our Lord the King’s behalf as well as his own.’” An individual who successfully pursues a Qui Tam action is entitled to a bounty that ranges from between 15% to 30% of the government’s recovery.

A Qui Tam law suit is brought by a citizen,  or whistleblower, against a company, person or entity, that he or she knows is cheating the federal or a state government in some way. Since the qui tam suit is brought in the name of the whistleblower on behalf of the government, the government may actually join the case and litigate along side the relator’s lawyers.

Are There Rewards for Whistleblowers?

Whistleblower Law

Before blowing the whistle, it’s a good idea to seek the advice of an attorney in your state, to ensure you are protected by a whistleblower law or a like provision in another law. Gerald Fugit has been a tireless watchdog for whistleblowers in the state of Texas. Be sure to contact him @ 432-301-9252 if you have any questions.

Call GERALD FUGIT @ 432-301-9252

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