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California Whistleblower Attorneys: Federal Whistleblower Programs Reward Whistleblowers And Protect From Employer Retaliation

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Primary Federal Whistleblower Laws And Programs 

Whistleblower Awards Available Under Each Whistleblower Program

Whistleblowers Also Protected From Employer Retaliation

The federal government has a variety of whistleblower programs rewarding Americans for coming forth with information of fraud or false claims against the government.  Each of these programs also protect whistleblowers from any retaliation from their employers for blowing the whistle on the misconduct. Today’s whistleblower cases have brought to light wrongdoing within the government, corporate America, banking, defense contracting and healthcare. In any industry where there is big money, there is the potential for interest by government enforcement agencies to uncover wrongdoing and reward those who come forward with key information.  The whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. are aware of the rules and procedures, know how best to present your evidence in any complaint or tip that initiates a whistleblower (also known as a qui tam) case.  If you have credible information of any kind of fraud or false claims that can be the basis of a whistleblower case, call pour attorneys today at (415)441-8669.

Primary[1] Federal Whistleblower Programs And Statutes

  • SEC Whistleblowers whistleblower rewards for reporting violations of the federal securities laws. See 15 U.S.C. § 78u; Comm. Rule 21F-17(a).
  • CFTC Whistleblowers whistleblower rewards for reporting violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. See 7 U.S.C. § 26 et seq.
  • IRS Whistleblowers whistleblower rewards for reporting tax fraud or underpayments. See R.C. Section 7623
  • Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA): Employees and other insiders who report schemes to fraud by or against financial institutions. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 et seq.
  • Financial Institutions Anti-Fraud Enforcement Act of 1990 (FIAFEA): FIAFEA causes of action are often combined with FIRREA claims for wire fraud and other forms of bank fraud. Employees and other insiders are protected from employer retaliation. See 12 U.S.C. §§ 4201 et seq.
  • False Claims Act (FCA): FCA suits involve any kind of fraud against the federal government including by failing to perform certain actions required by federal law (known as reverse false claims). See 31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Employees of publicly traded companies with information of fraud and other misconduct in connection with financial reporting laws. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 1513 et seq.
  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Employees in the financial services sector with information of violations of U.S. securities and banking laws and regulations. 15 U.S.C. § 78u.

Whistleblowers Protected From Employer Retaliation

Many whistleblowers are employees who discover their employer’s violations of various securities, tax and banking laws or false claims made to the government for payment.  Under each of the federal whistleblower programs, employees are protected from retaliation by their employers which can include demotion, re-assignment, suspension, or termination. See, e.g., 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h)(false claims anti-retaliation law); SEC Rule 21F-17(a)(SEC protection for employees blowing whistle on securities fraud); 26 U.S.C. § 7623(IRS whistleblower retaliation protection). In addition to representing you in any whistleblower case, the whistleblower litigators at Evans Law Firm can also represent employees in any suit for employer retaliation.  Remedies include reinstatement, double back pay, interest, and attorneys’ fees and costs for bringing your lawsuit.  See, e.g., 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h);  26 U.S.C. § 7623.

Contact Us

The federal whistleblower laws have different reporting requirements and different limitations periods regarding bringing suit.  Ingrid M. Evans and our other whistleblower attorneys are familiar with the laws governing the various types of whistleblower actions. If you or a loved one has information regarding any kind of whistleblower case contact Ingrid and the other California whistleblower attorneys at Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>.

[1] For a complete list of all federal and California whistleblower programs see our page at:  https://www.evanslaw.com/california-and-san-francisco-whistleblower-attorney-whistleblower-laws/.

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