The decision to become a whistleblower is a brave one, but it's not an easy one. We know the stresses and difficulties that come with deciding to blow the whistle on your company when you've learned that it is engaging in fraud against the federal government.
Whistleblower lawyer James Shoemaker should be your first call when you decide to move forward as a whistleblower. He can protect your legal rights as a whistleblower: He has decades of experience in False Claims Act cases, and the firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein possesses the legal resources to pursue claims against large companies.
We help in other ways, too. Whistleblowers are often subject to retribution from their companies. This is against the law, but it still happens. Mr. Shoemaker can provide you with the legal protection to which you are entitled as a whistleblower.
If you need an experienced whistleblower lawyer who can protect you from retribution attempts, please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580. We're located in Virginia, but we welcome whistleblowers from across the country.
Why You Need Protection
Under the federal False Claims Act, retaliation against a whistleblower is strictly forbidden. Companies are prohibited from retaliating against whistleblowers by:
- Terminating their employment
- Demoting them
- Cutting their pay
- Harassing them
- Threatening them
To win a retaliation claim, you must prove that you were engaging in protected whistleblowing activity and that you were discriminated against because of that activity. This involves demonstrating that your employer was aware of your activity and that the retaliation was at least in part a result of that activity.
Of course, no company is going to baldly state that you're being fired or demoted because of your whistleblowing. Businesses will often find a simple pretext to justify the action, then claim it was completely unrelated to any whistleblowing.
Fortunately, the False Claims Act provides legal recourse if you've been retaliated against as a whistleblower. You can pursue a legal action for the purpose of making yourself "whole" after such retaliation. This can involve reinstatement at the appropriate seniority level, compensation in terms of back pay and, in special circumstances, additional compensation for any special damages.
Protecting whistleblowers from retaliation is absolutely vital if society is to encourage concerned citizens to bring fraud and malfeasance to government's attention. Mr. Shoemaker can help you pursue a retaliation claim if you suffered retribution as a result of your decision to blow the whistle.
If you're considering blowing the whistle but you're worried about possible retaliation, don't let that stop you. We can protect you. Please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580. Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein accepts whistleblower cases from across the country.