Legal Representation For Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing in the context of employment law refers to an employee who reveals a company's wrongdoing to the public or to someone in a position of authority. If a business is acting in an unethical or illegal manner, there are important considerations that must be kept in mind if an employee is thinking about coming forward. Getting help from a skilled lawyer can help you understand the options that are available to you.

At the law firm of Johnson & Monteleone, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees throughout Idaho. To schedule an initial consultation at our law offices in Boise, call 208-488-4944.

What Is A Qui Tam Lawsuit?

Qui tam is a legal principle found in the federal False Claims Act that allows any person or corporation to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the government against any entity that uses government funds in a fraudulent way. This principle also enables the whistleblower who filed the suit to receive a portion of any funds that are recovered as part of a qui tam lawsuit.

Most anyone can file a qui tam lawsuit, including current employees of the company that is defrauding the government, former employees, competitors or subcontractors, state and local governments, federal employees, public interest groups, corporations and private citizens. Qui tam cases have been successfully brought against defense contractors and on behalf of other government agencies.

There are several types of cases that may be filed under a qui tam lawsuit, including those involving mischarging, product and service substitution, false negotiation or defective pricing, and false certification of entitlement for benefits.

Whistleblower Protection

Federal law protects whistleblowers from harassment, demotion and wrongful termination. These protections extend to anyone who investigates, testifies, initiates or assists in the filing of a qui tam lawsuit.

Contact An Attorney Who Understands Whistleblower Rights

Conflicting personal, organizational and civil loyalties can make deciding whether to blow the whistle an agonizing choice. Seeking legal advice from an attorney with experience in employment law can help you decide whether legal action is warranted. Call us at 208-488-4944 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. We provide legal services for both English and Spanish speakers.