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May 29, 2013 by |

How to Blow the Whistle

-ATTORNEY NEWSLETTER-

A whistle blower is a person who reveals some type of dishonest or illegal activity within an organization to the public or someone with authority. Being a whistleblower can sometime mean that you must stand alone. If you find yourself or an employee in a position where the company is conducting an illegal activity, you should hire an attorney and file a claim. The upside of whistleblowing is that when you file your claim you file it under seal meaning that no one in your company knows the claim exists. In addition, employees in your situation who bring these sorts of claims can take advantage of bounty programs that favor whistleblowers who file a claim first. Having a good memory and documentation relevant to your claim or the company’s illegal activity will help strengthen your case. Be sure to keep in mind those deadlines for your claim as the statute of limitation varies for each claim. For example, corporate whistleblower law Sarbanes-Oxley gives you 180 days to file a suit whereas environmental and safety laws require a filing within 30 days.

 

The California False Claims Act protects whistleblowers from retaliation from their employers under Section 12653. Under this section, employers are prohibited from making rules that prohibit an employee from disclosing information to the government in furtherance of a false claims action. In addition, employers may not discharge, demote or harass the employee.

 

Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles Qui Tam (whistleblower/false claims), IRS tax fraud lawsuits, securities fraud whistleblower reward lawsuits, retaliation and employment litigation. If you or a loved one requires assistance with a whistleblowing claim, contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 or at info@evanslaw.com for legal advice.

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