California Whistleblower Claim Attorneys
Public policy encourages employees to report illegal activities that are undertaken by their employers against the state or federal government. Fraud or other illegal acts by employers can cost taxpayers millions of dollars as well as result in unsafe or defective products being produced. In return for reporting improprieties, the reporting worker is protected under the federal False Claims Act and California’s Qui Tam law and other state laws.
If you suspect fraud by your employer; or if you have been punished, demoted, fired or otherwise harmed by your employer for having reported a violation or for refusing to participate in unlawful or fraudulent conduct, call The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian for a confidential discussion of your rights as an employee.
What is the Qui Tam Law?
If you have knowledge of false or fraudulent activity against the government, you may bring it to the attention of law enforcement or to a government agency and if the information is new and unique, you may be entitled to compensation as well as protection from your employer if it tries to retaliate against you.
If you qualify as a whistleblower, you are only protected if you are the first one to report the particular fraudulent claim, which must also be new and unique. This means that the fraudulent activity must not already be under investigation or be public knowledge unless the information you provide is additional information that is useful to the case.
Compensation for Reporting
You may be entitled to considerable compensation if you are the first to report the illegal activity. You may also receive compensation if you brought the fraudulent practices to your supervisor but your employer failed to act or ignored it.
If the government succeeds in recovering what it lost, it can receive up to 3 times the amount of money it actually lost. As a whistleblower, you may receive from 15 to 25 percent of the total amount the government recovers. The percentage you may get usually depends on the quality of the information you presented or how much it contributed to the prosecution or uncovering of the fraud.
Even if the government declines to pursue action against the employer, you could still receive up to 30 percent of any money recovered but you should consider retaining the services of The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian to continue the claim.
Examples of Illegal Activities
Examples of fraudulent conduct may include:
- Violations of OSHA
- False billing practices against Medicare, Medicaid or other government agencies
- Fraud against investors
- Use of defective or inferior building products
- Food safety violations
- Environmental violations
- Forced to participate in an illegal act.
- Price-fixing schemes
- Tax fraud
The illegal activities may be violations of either federal or state laws and the complaints may be made internally, to law enforcement or to a governmental department.
Should you have evidence of wrongdoing, contact our offices. If our research uncovers credible evidence, we will prepare the claim for you and submit it to the appropriate court to be reviewed by the federal or state government.
Contact The Law Offices of Alex G. Tovarian
Whether you are a high level executive, bystander or laborer, you can be a whistleblower who exposes the corrupt or fraudulent practice and be well-rewarded. Filing a case under the Qui Tam law is complicated and requires a consultation with a California whistleblower attorney from our offices.
Call our offices today for a free, initial confidential consultation if you have a potential whistleblower claim. We have the knowledge, resources and experience to handle California whistleblower claims.