The Qui Tam section of the False Claims Act allows persons and entities with evidence of fraud against the federal government to file a lawsuit against the wrongdoer on behalf of the United States government. Qui Tam means “in the name of the king.” It refers to lawsuits brought by a private citizen (whistleblower), on behalf of the United States, against a person or company who is believed to have violated the law.
Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act protects whistleblowers from being fired, demoted, harassed or discriminated against. If retaliation occurs, the employee is entitled to all relief necessary to make the employee whole. This may include:
- Double back pay
- Compensation for any special damages including litigation costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.