Orlando Whistleblower Lawyer
Have you or your coworkers stumbled upon illegal actions of your employer? If so, where do you go from there? When companies defraud the government and employees learn about the illegal acts, they may feel a responsibility to take action and speak out against their employers. However, fear of serious repercussions and intimidation may linger on their minds. It is because of this that the government created the Whistleblower Act of 1989, which, among many other state and federal programs and statutes, protects whistleblowers from the possible repercussions taken by their employers. The Act protects against firings, demotions, and other negative impacts on the employee’s future career. Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Whistleblower Protection Program adds enforcement to over 20 whistleblower statutes nation-wide, ensuring that employees that take action against their employer, no matter how big and powerful, are protected. But what exactly is a whistleblower? Contact our Orlando whistleblower claim lawyers for more information.
Shedding Light Upon a Company Defrauding the Government
Whistleblowers can bring lawsuits against their employees regardless of whether they work for a private corporation or a branch of government. The False Claims Act is designed to persuade employees to shed light on their employer’s illegal misdeeds with significant financial incentives. A whistleblower sues on behalf of the government, and in so doing, receives 15 to 25 percent of the lawsuit profit. These sums vary widely on the type of scope of the fraudulent acts. Rewards can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to tens of millions. Some famous examples of whistleblower cases, as reported by Politico, include the leaking of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 by Daniel Ellsberg, which released information on why the U.S. entered the Vietnam War. The release of the papers was heavily fought by the Nixon administration. Frank Serpico, a New York City police officer, brought light on the incredibly vast amount of corruption among the police department of the 1960s and 1970s. More recently, Edward Snowden released information about the National Security Administration’s (NSA) illegal surveillance actions.
The False Claims Act is also used as the government’s foremost tool to dissuade illegal and fraudulent acts, and is designed to save the taxpayers billions of dollars per year–money that would otherwise go to the pockets of large and fraudulent corporations. We deal with whistleblower cases that involve:
- IRS Fraud/Tax Evasion;
- Overbilling Medicare/Medicaid;
- TARP Funds Fraud;
- Failing to pay overtime benefits when they are due;
- Defense Contract Overcharging;
- Aerospace Contract Overcharging;
- Pharmaceutical/Health Care Fraud; and
- Violating an Environmental Protection Law.
Experienced Orlando Whistleblower Lawyers of The Pendas Law Firm
Our lawyers at the Orlando offices of The Pendas Law Firm have extensive experience dealing with all scales of whistleblower cases. For a successful lawsuit, it is imperative to team with an experienced, aggressive law firm. If you have intimate knowledge of your company or organization’s fraudulent acts against the government, call us one of our Orlando whistleblower lawyers today at 1-888-573-6327.