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.
What Is Retaliation?
Retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in legally protected activity.
Below are some common examples of retaliation:
- Firing or laying off
- Denying overtime or promotion
- Denying benefits
- Failing to hire or rehire
- Intimidation or harassment
- Making threats
- Reassignment to a less desirable position
- Reducing pay or hours
- Isolating, ostracizing, mocking
It is recommended that whistleblowers contact an attorney to ensure their protection in these cases.
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The attorneys at Baron & Budd will help you in the fight to combat fraud and win. If you feel you have evidence of fraud against the government, please call or complete the online form. We can answer your questions and explain what to expect as we help you navigate this process.
Please understand that contacting us does not mean that you have established an attorney-client relationship with Baron & Budd, P.C.