Getting Whistleblower Protection

The federal False Claims Act, often referred to as the Whistleblower Qui Tam Act was passed by the United States Congress as a means to reduce fraudulent billing and tax practices by individuals and corporations under contract with the U.S. government.

Under the law, a business may be assessed restitution, fines and punitive damages up to three times (treble) the amount of actual monetary damages resulting from the fraud. An individual or employee who follows the specific rules regarding how to report the fraud may be awarded between 15-30 percent of the damages.

Included in the law are provisions to prevent companies for retaliating against the employee or employees who threaten to report or report the fraud through a qualified attorneys' office, per terms of the law. Under Section 3730(h) of the False Claims Act, a worker or former worker who has been fired or suffered other forms of retaliation is entitled to recover back pay, get his or her job reinstated and receive compensatory damages that include attorneys' fees and all legal costs.

At the law firm of John J. Hopkins & Associates, we can protect your rights as a whistleblower. Give us a call today to discuss your specific situation. From our office in Alton, we serve clients in the Metro East area and across southern Illinois.

Do You Qualify As A Whistleblower?

If you have become aware of your employer's fraud against the U.S. or Illinois state government, don't try to report it alone. Federal and state whistleblower laws set out specific actions that must be taken in order to be considered the legal claimant. One of the requirements is to report the action through a qualified attorney.

Did Your Company Commit Fraud Against The Government?

Types of actions that can be considered fraud against a U.S. or state government contract include, but are not limited to:

  • IRS tax fraud
  • Accounting fraud
  • Double billing for services
  • Hiring discrimination in violation of the contract
  • Deceptive reporting to hide service and quality errors
  • Billing for services and materials beyond the scope of the contract
  • Embezzlement

Ready To Blow The Whistle? Hire A Lawyer Who Will Work Hard On Your Behalf

The employment litigation offices of John J. Hopkins & Associates is recognized as one of southern Illinois pre-eminent civil litigation law firms. Attorney John Hopkins has nearly 40 years of trial experience, including fighting on behalf of employees facing retaliation and violations of their workplace rights.

Call our Alton, Illinois, law firm to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation. Mr. Hopkins will investigate the specifics of your case and make sure you report the fraud correctly and within the requirements of the law.

Call us toll free at 888-779-6064 or send an email today.