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:
- You can get fired for blowing the whistle: There are state and federal laws in place to protect whistleblowers. Retaliation in the form of employment terminations, demotions, pay cuts, harassment, and threats are prohibited. If you have suffered retaliation after engaging in a protected whistleblowing activity, you may have a retaliation claim.
- Whistleblower claims only apply to healthcare and construction: Whistleblower claims can span many different sections of government. James H. Shoemaker represents clients who have stepped up to report defense contractor fraud, IRS tax fraud, insider trading, and more.
- Qui tam lawyers are expensive: It is crucial to work with a whistleblower lawyer who can protect your legal rights. Fortunately, this does not have to be cost-prohibitive. Mr. Shoemaker offers free consultations for whistleblower cases. He also handles them on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no attorney fee unless you make a recovery.
- Whistleblowers do not get compensated: Whistleblowers certainly get the satisfaction of knowing that they called attention to illegal activity or violations of the public trust. However, these cases also come with a significant monetary incentive. People who initiate successful qui tam actions can receive a portion of the damages and penalties.
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Whistleblower claims can be intimidating and overwhelming. The myths that are perpetuated about these claims only make it more difficult to speak up. Educating yourself is an important first step.
Attorney James H. Shoemaker is an experienced qui tam attorney who can cut through the misinformation. Call 757-223-4580 today to request a free consultation. As a partner in the firm Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD), Mr. Shoemaker serves clients from Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and across the country.