Leesburg Whistleblower Attorney
From healthcare fraud to double billing, and defrauding the Department of Defense to committing SEC/Securities fraud, many workplaces are fraught with crimes against the government. If you have recently uncovered a dark truth about your employer’s criminal actions, you may be tempted to sweep your knowledge under the rug. However, this could be the worst thing that you do, as the knowledge may come out despite your hesitance – and if it does, and if it is revealed that you knew about the fraud, you could stand to lose a lot.
On the other hand, people who “tell on” their employers for committing fraud are often retaliated against—in a big way. From termination to harassment, many fraudulent employers are not opposed to scaring whistleblowing or potential whistleblowing employees into “forgetting” their knowledge and standing down from their claims.
If you have recently reported your employer for fraudulent activity, and if your employer has retaliated against you in any number of ways, you are entitled to protection under the Virginia Fraud and Abuse and Whistleblower Protection Act. Consult with the Leesburg whistleblower attorneys of Simms Showers, LLP to learn more about your rights.
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Unfortunately, crime is a huge underlying problem in many companies today—companies ranging in size from small, local establishments to large Fortune 500 corporations. Because crime is an inherent part of business, Congress passed the Whistleblower Protection Act in 1989 to protect employees who discover crime and report it. This act is also meant to encourage employees to report fraudulent behavior without fear of serious repercussions. Unfortunately, employers still try to stifle whistleblower claims with lavish rewards, such as money and large bonuses, or retaliatory actions, such as demotion, large pay cuts, or termination. Whether you are approached by your employer with large sums of money, or informed that your services “are no longer required,” when you discover information regarding your employer’s fraudulent activity, the best thing for you to do is to consult with a Leesburg whistleblower attorney regarding your rights.
Whistleblower Reward Laws
There are also federal laws that aim to reward whistleblowers, and they work in conjunction with the Whistleblower Protection Act. These laws are:
- The False Claims Act, the goal of which is to reward whistleblowers that expose fraud and dishonesty in government contracting;
- The Internal Revenue Act, the goal of which is to reward whistleblowers that expose tax fraud;
- The Securities and Exchange Act, the goal of which is to reward whistleblowers for uncovering Wall Street Fraud;
- The Commodity Exchange Act, the goal of which is to reward whistleblowers for revealing fraud in the commodities markets; and
- The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the goal of which is to reward whistleblowers for exposing international bribery.
If you are a whistleblower, you do not have any reason to fear; as you can see, the law is on your side, and you will be protected despite the perceived power of your employer.
Contact a Whistleblower Protection Attorney
At Simms Showers, LLP, our whistleblower lawyers aim to protect individuals from retaliation by employers who are guilty of fraudulent activities. If you recently discovered that your employer has been committing fraudulent activities against the government, it is your duty to inform the proper authorities of your findings. However, we understand that you may be hesitant to do so. To protect yourself and your rights as a U.S. employee, retain the help of a Leesburg whistleblower attorney. Contact Simms Showers, LLP at 703-997-7821 to schedule a private consultation with our Leesburg whistleblower attorneys today.