In today’s volatile job market, speaking out against your employer, company, or any authority figure within your career field can be a terrifying prospect, especially with the potential threat of losing your job and having your ruined reputation hanging over your head. But whistleblower testimony is often the most important piece in bringing down a fraudulent corporation and halting corrupt and illegal business practices. These reports are instrumental in preventing trillions of dollars in loss each year.
Over the last few years, the IRS, the Department of Justice, the Defense Department, and several other government agencies, both at the state and federal levels, have introduced policies to protect employees in whistleblower claims. At the Evans Law Firm, Inc., our Alameda County IRS whistleblower lawyers hope that these changes will encourage those who know about corruption and illegal activities to come forward, without worrying about potential retaliation or future professional complications.
Whistleblower lawsuits are becoming more and more common in California and across the country, and our Alameda County IRS whistleblower lawyers represent anyone who speaks up and then loses their job, or experiences a cut in pay, vacation time, benefits, or any other professionally detrimental retaliation method.
A whistleblower is typically an employee who has noticed some kind of illegal activity or fraudulent business practice going on at work, and decides to put a stop to it—by reporting the discovery to a supervisor or higher-up within the corporation, or by going directly to a government agency or law enforcement official responsible for regulating the specific type of business. This behavior could range from violating corporate policy and procedural requirements to illegal transactions or behavior, or to a threat against public safety, interest, or health, including fraud and safety violations.
The protection of whistleblowers dates back to the 1700s, and legislation has been in place since the Civil War era. In present day, California and several other states follow the revised False Claims Act, which protects employees from harm after they turn in their employers, and encourages whistleblowers to continue reporting illegal acts by rewarding them a percentage of the money recovered or the damages won in court.
Types of Whistleblower Protections
There are several corporate actions that are protected under whistleblower legislation, including many types of fraud. According to our Alameda County IRS whistleblower attorneys, common whistleblower claims involve defense contractor fraud, Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, and pharmaceutical fraud, and tax fraud. If you suspect your employer of illegal activity, the Evans Law Firm can protect you from retaliation in a variety of related fraud or crime scenarios.
At the Evans Law Firm, Inc., our Alameda County IRS whistleblower lawyers represent anyone who has faced retaliation of any kind—job loss, hostile work environment, pay, vacation, or benefit cuts, or a tarnished reputation—after turning in an employer in a whistleblower lawsuit. If you suspect that your employer is working against the company’s laws and standards, or is in violation of government f you are paying the price for doing the right thing, contact an IRS whistleblower attorney at Evans Law today, at 415-441-8669 or www.evanslaw.com to discuss your case today.