Whistleblower cases involve allegations of fraud or unlawful activity resulting in a financial loss to the government.

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Every year, the government loses billions of dollars due to fraud. Fraudulent activity can happen at numerous levels, including by outside contractors and businesses. The Department of Justice and other agencies often have to rely on information from insiders, who can alert them when something illegal or fraudulent is going on. These people are known in California as whistleblowers.

Whistleblowers can also be an employee who notices CAL-OSHA violations in a lab, as well as, violation of wage and hour laws, or misclassification. When an employee reports these violations to his or her employer and then is fired, the employee should retain Bogaards Law.

Being a whistleblower can be personally rewarding, but it can also be financially rewarding, as well. Whistleblowers are often eligible to receive a portion of any settlement the government receives, however, there are risks and requirements. This is why you need to speak with a skilled and experienced California whistleblower attorney before proceeding.

Types of Fraud

There are a variety of activities that can qualify as fraud against the government. Some of the more common actions involved in whistleblower cases include:

  • Avoiding licensing fees or taxes
  • Submitting invoices for products and/or services that were never provided
  • Engaging in unlawful or discriminatory hiring practices
  • Not paying customers, including reimbursements

Qui Tam Litigation

Qui Tam is Latin for “(he) who sues this matter for the king as well as for himself.” This is the term used for claims brought under the False Claims Act. The FCA is what allows a private person to legally bring a claim on behalf of the government and sue anyone who knowingly submits or causes to submit a fraudulent or false claim against the United States government.

Retaliation Protection for Whistleblowers

The government is well aware of the professional and personal risks whistleblowers take by reporting information about their employer. This is why there are laws on the books that protect whistleblowers against retaliation and also help provide possible financial rewards if the employer violates or refuses to comply with the law.

Choosing the Right San Francisco Whistleblower Attorney

Choosing the right whistleblower attorney can make or break your case. Bogaards Law has over 35 years of experience in the courtroom and has a high success rate at trial. We have a reputation for providing top-notch personal and professional service to our clients. With our experience, we can help walk you through how to properly file a whistleblower action. If you do not follow the instructions and do everything correctly, the government may refuse to intervene, possibly ruining your chance at a settlement. In addition, you could also lose out on the important retaliation protection if your claim fails to qualify under the relevant statutes.

If you have questions on whistleblower protections and qui tam litigation, contact Bogaards Law today to schedule a consultation. Our office is conveniently located in San Francisco and we handle cases for clients throughout Northern California.

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