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When we think of whistleblower claims, we often think of qui tam cases where citizens file claims against fraud on behalf of the government. However, it’s also possible for citizens and employees to report any form of illegal activity. These non-qui tam whistleblowers play an important role in keeping organizations and employers responsible for their actions.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
As employment law attorneys, we at Rafii & Associates, P.C. work to protect the rights of workers from all angles of the law. Not only are we familiar with the federal and state regulations employers and entities must follow, we know how to help you file a whistleblower claim when you recognize that your employer is breaking the law. Our law firm:
- Works on a contingency fee basis, only requiring payment after the successful resolution of your case.
- Has over 75 years of combined experience in employment law, including whistleblower cases.
- Treats your case with the passion, commitment, and dedication necessary for a successful claim.
If you believe you have grounds for a California whistleblower case, call Rafii & Associates, P.C. to schedule your free consultation today.
What Are Non-Qui Tam Whistleblower Suits?
The False Claims Act allows for private citizens to file claims of fraudulent behavior against the government. These cases are qui tam suits, allowing the citizen to act on behalf of the federal government. Any other reports and claims against a company or individual for violating the law in ways aside from fraudulent behavior are not qui tam cases, but they are still whistleblower suits. These claims can include actions like illegal dumping of toxic waste and accounting fraud by financial organizations.
What Damages Can You Recover?
As a whistleblower, you may fear that your employer will retaliate against you for reporting illegal actions. However, California law prevents such retaliation against employees so long as they had a reasonable cause to believe a violation of the law was occurring, even if the alleged claim of illegal actions turns out to be false. If your employer does retaliate against you, such as termination or wage cuts, you have a right to recover damages for these actions.
The primary damages in such cases often relate to lost wages. You have a right to recover any previously lost wages due to retaliation by your employer. If your employer terminated your position, you have a right to any future lost income or the time it should reasonably take you to obtain a new job. Since employee retaliation can be a stressful situation, it’s also possible to recover pain and suffering for emotional damages.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Whistleblowers are important for keeping companies in check and ensuring that these entities follow proper regulations and laws. That alone can be enough for you to want to have the support of a skilled attorney so that you can increase your chances of having a successful claim.
Working with a California whistleblower attorney can also help you determine if your case is suitable for this type of claim before starting the process. He or she can also assist you with the correct filing procedures and understanding how these cases can differ from other claims against your employer.
When it comes to understanding your rights as a whistleblower, your attorney can work with you so that you understand what actions your employer can and cannot take in response to your claim. If your employer retaliates regardless of these laws, a lawyer can also help you establish your case to recover compensation.
Getting Help for Your Non-Qui Tam Whistleblower Claim
Getting the right help with your whistleblower claim can increase your chances of success in court, as well as help protect your rights. Rafii & Associates, P.C. is here to assist you with your case, and it starts with scheduling your free consultation.