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Whistleblower Protection from Retaliation

Coming forward to fight fraud against the government takes courage. Most whistleblowers fear retaliation, and even the bravest whistleblower wants to know what will happen if they face retaliation. Fortunately, state and federal laws, including the False Claims Act, protect whistleblowers from retaliation. 

The federal False Claims Act, for example, includes several provisions that help protect whistleblowers from retaliation:

  • Employers are prohibited from firing or otherwise punishing someone for being a whistleblower, participating in a False Claims Act lawsuit, or attempting to stop a violation of the False Claims Act.
  • If an employee’s rights under the False Claims Act are violated, the employer, or anyone else responsible for the retaliation, is subject to significant damages and penalties.
  • A False Claims Act lawsuit is originally filed under seal and is not served on the defendant while the government investigates the claim, during which time  the identity of the whistleblower generally remains anonymous.

false claims act employer agreement

Do not assume that any agreement you may have signed with an employer or former employer precludes you from filing a lawsuit under the False Claims Act. If you did sign an employment agreement, such as a non-compete, a confidentiality agreement, or a [severance agreement], consult an attorney about its merit.

The whistleblower attorneys at Goldberg Kohn are committed to fighting fraud against the government and protecting the rights of whistleblowers. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a free, confidential appointment with one of our nationally-recognized whistleblower attorneys.

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