Bringing forth information and allegations that condemn an individual or Wisconsin-based business for committing fraud against the federal government takes a great deal of bravery. People who shed light on situations that are of public or federal concern often face backlash and retaliation. This can blemish a person’s professional as personal reputation.
If you brought sensitive information to light that outlined fraud and then faced backlash, you are protected under the federal False Claims Act. This act was put in place to both combat fraud and protect the careers and reputation of whistle-blowers. This act is often known as “Lincoln’s Law,” though it had little effect until the 1980s when it was given a new life.
Since 1986, the False Claim Act has been the most effective tool in the government’s fight to combat fraud and waste. The qui tam provision under this act has allowed whistle-blowers to bring federal lawsuits against employers who violate the rights that are protected under the act. Those who have made claims have received billions in awards.
After a claim has been made, the person who made the allegations often faces retaliation such as the loss of a job or benefits, as well as general backlash and hostility in the workplace. Unfortunately this can be damaging to the individual’s personal and professional career. If you reported fraud and faced retaliation in the workplace, you might be eligible for compensation. If you have additional questions or concerns, speaking with an experienced attorney could be beneficial.