Whistleblowers assume personal risk when they decide to report fraudulent behavior or wrongdoing, even though they are doing the right thing. Understanding your rights and protections in advance is important for you and your family.
Taking preparatory steps before blowing the whistle on your employer can help position you in a positive manner and can lead to a better outcome in your case.
Find an Attorney
You will need an attorney to protect your rights, even if your company has a whistleblower program in place. A qualified attorney with experience in whistleblower cases can protect your career and your reputation, and help you get the financial rewards you may deserve.
Consider the Timing
Reporting fraud as soon as possible increases the chances of a successful outcome. Additionally, financial rewards can depend on the amount of time between your awareness of wrongdoing and your reporting it.
Collect Your Evidence
Consult with your attorney on what evidence is necessary to support your claim. Typical items to procure include:
- Lawfully obtained records regarding your complaint
- Names and phone numbers of potential supporting witnesses
- Documentation regarding suspected fraudulent activity or wrongdoing
Understand the Protections and Rewards Available for Whistleblowers
Numerous federal laws, including the False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the IRS Whistleblower Law, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, all protect whistleblowers and afford remuneration for their lawful efforts to right wrongdoing.
Additionally, New York and New Jersey have state laws that protect whistleblowers and provide rewards as well. Be sure to consult with your attorney on which of these reward laws applies to your case.
Preparing ahead before blowing the whistle on an employer can help protect you and your family and lead to a successful case.