Boston Whistleblower Attorneys
If illegal or fraudulent activity is occurring in your workplace, it may seem like a difficult choice to take a stand and report unethical behavior. We understand your fear of potentially sacrificing your job security in order to do what you think is right.
At Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, our Boston whistleblower attorneys are experienced in helping workers bring whistleblower claims while also protecting their rights from employer retaliation. We will review your claim in a free consultation to determine if you have a case. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis and do not charge any fees unless you receive a favorable outcome.
False Claims Act
Through the False Claims Act, employees are encouraged to report evidence of fraud committed against the federal government. The act was designed to prevent companies from taking advantage of the government by:
- Selling defective or low-quality products
- Charging excessive fees
- Abusing healthcare benefits
- Bribing and offering kickbacks to officials
Some of the most commonly reported misconduct in whistleblower claims includes:
- Misuse of money or funds
- Healthcare fraud
- Tax fraud
- Pension fraud
- Insider trading
- Defrauding the federal government
- Corporate fraud
- Violating environmental regulations
Individuals with evidence of these types of activities, or others, are encouraged to step forward and file a qui tam lawsuit. Because these cases are brought on behalf of the government, whistleblowers are entitled to receive 15 to 30 percent of the reward collected by the government in a successful case.
Those with knowledge of fraudulent activities against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are also encouraged to come forward under state legislation similar to the False Claims Act.
If you are considering filing qui tam lawsuit, having legal representation is extremely important. There are a number of complex rules and regulations that must be followed when reporting fraud. Our Boston whistleblower attorneys are experienced in qui tam law and will guide you through the entire process.
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Filing a Whistleblower Claim
Filing a whistleblower claim is a complex process that requires that you have strong evidence of fraud against the state or federal government that was previously unknown. A whistleblower must also follow a number of critical steps in the filing process.
Most companies have a system in place designed to internally handle cases of wrongdoing. Before alerting authorities or publicly exposing your employer, Massachusetts state law requires a process of internal communication between the employee and employer.
An employee must hand their employer a written notice informing them of the violation and the employee’s intentions to file a claim. The employee must also allow the employer a chance to correct the violation before filing a claim.
However, there are certain exceptions that an employee may take to bypass these steps, including if:
- The employee is certain that supervisors are aware of the violation and the situation is an emergency.
- The employee fears physical harm will be enacted upon them following the disclosure.
- The disclosure is evidence of a crime.
Our Boston whistleblower attorneys can help guide you through the process of filing a qui tam lawsuit and can help make sure that you meet all of the requirements in order to file a successful claim. With years of experience handling these types of claims, we can help you build a strong case.
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Protection for Whistleblowers
Because there is often great risk in filing a qui tam lawsuit, the False Claim Act also includes a number of protections for employees.
Qui tam lawsuits are always confidential and are filed under seal. This means that only those who are involved in the investigation will have knowledge of your claim.
Whistleblowers are also protected from any form of retaliation from an employer. This can include:
- Termination or suspension
- Denial of salary increases or benefits
- Withholding the employee from a promotion
- Blacklisting the employee
- Intimidation, harassment or threats
- Sudden transfer to a new branch or division
There is a 90-day limitation to file a claim after an act of retaliation or discrimination has occurred. If you have experienced any of these illegal behaviors from your employer or co-workers, you should immediately seek legal representation.
Our Boston whistleblower attorneys are experienced in protecting workers from harmful tactics by their employers and have witnessed firsthand the affects this behavior has on an employee attempting to do the right thing.
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Contact our Boston Whistleblower Attorneys
If you are attempting to report illegal, fraudulent or unethical activity in your workplace and are unsure of where to start, contact our Boston whistleblower attorneys for help in filing a claim. We are experienced in helping employees who want to do the right thing.
Through a free, no obligation consultation we can review every detail of your claim and determine if you have a case. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis and will not get paid unless you receive a positive outcome in your case.