Columbus Attorneys Pursue Whistleblower Claims
Fighting retaliation against whistleblowers
In general, a whistleblower is an employee who reports illegal conduct by a company, government agency or other organization. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against a whistleblower by terminating, demoting or mistreating the employee. Sharon Cason-Adams and Roxi A. Liming, the employment law attorneys at Adams & Liming, LLC, stand up for the rights of whistleblowers.
What is a whistleblowing claim?
Whistleblower claims arise when an employee reports, threatens to report, or refuses to participate in, illegal or improper activities. Whistleblower laws also protect employees who engage in protected activities such as filing a discrimination claim or workers compensation claim. Whistleblower claims may arise from illegal activities by employers ranging from tax evasion to Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
What is a qui tam lawsuit?
Whistleblowers may be eligible for a financial reward for exposing fraud against the federal government. A qui tam lawsuit is brought by a whistleblower on behalf of the United States for fraud committed against the government. A person who successfully pursues a qui tam lawsuit is entitled to 15 percent to 30 percent of the money recovered. Only the first whistleblower who files a claim for a particular fraudulent scheme is entitled to compensation, so it is important to act promptly if you know the government is being defrauded. If you are aware of government fraud, contact an experienced employment lawyer at Adams & Liming, LLC.
What protections are available for whistleblowers?
The Federal False Claims Act is another law that protects whistleblowers from discharge, demotion, suspension, threats or other harassment or discrimination. It also provides confidentiality: The whistleblower can file a fraud complaint under seal, so the employer is not notified of a complaint until the government makes an initial investigation.
If you know of illegal activity or have been retaliated against for whistleblowing, we help you determine the best course of action. We listen to gain a thorough understanding of your situation, and develop a strategy to achieve the resolution that is best for you. We are committed to protecting your rights, and are not afraid to stand up to large corporations.
Ohio has its own Whistleblower Protection Laws.
Ohio’s Whistleblower protection statute is very specific and requires the employee to follow detailed steps in order to be protected. If an employee becomes aware of an act that is a criminal offense that is likely to cause an imminent risk of physical harm to persons or a hazard to public health or safety, is a felony, or an improper solicitation for a contribution, the employee must first file an oral report. The oral report must be followed by a written report. If the employer subsequently retaliates against the whistleblower, then the employee has only 180 days to file suit.
Ohio also has a specific statute that protects Nurse Whistleblowers who suffer retaliation as a result of reporting an employer’s violation of the law.
This is one area of the law where a competent attorney is vital to preserving your cause of action.
Columbus attorneys protect the rights of whistleblowers
The experienced employment law attorneys at Adams & Liming, LLC, are dedicated to protecting the rights of whistleblowers. We aggressively pursue your claim, and help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Our Columbus office offers ample parking, with two bus lines running nearby. Call us at 614-488-2053 to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, or contact us online today. We are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment at other times.