Whistleblowers play an important role in exposing corruption and wrongdoing. Not everyone who raises a concern about a possible violation or engages in another protected activity makes headlines.
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Whistleblowers bravely report illegal or unethical activities within their workplace. However, myths about whistleblower protections, retaliation, and compensation abound, preventing individuals from standing up for what is right. Here are a few false beliefs about qui tam actions:
Healthcare fraud has always been a problem in this country. Some estimates suggest that as much as 10 percent of all annual healthcare spending is paid out on fraudulent claims. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn new attention to this crime.
Contractor fraud is a serious problem that you may encounter working in the construction industry. It can result in consequences such as inflated costs or the completion of dangerous, sub-standard projects.
Whistleblowers take a big risk when exposing fraudulent activities of companies. Retaliation against whistleblowers is prohibited, but this doesn’t prevent companies from taking improper actions. To protect yourself as a whistleblower, you need an experienced lawyer who understands your rights and how to protect you from illegal retaliation.
No matter where you live, you’ve probably seen it—highways being built, roads being repaired or widened, and massive buildings slowly growing towards the sky. It seems like many towns and cities are in a constant state of construction. The federal government funds or assists many of these construction projects, and it can be a lot to keep an eye on.
The pharmaceutical industry is big business, and the stakes are high – if there's corruption in the process and a drug makes it to market when it shouldn't, innocent people can get hurt.
One of the more common forms of pharmaceutical corruption is physician kickbacks. These have been illegal since 1987, but, sadly, this doesn't mean that these kickbacks don't still occur. We know they do.