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At Hoyer Law Group, PLLC, our lawyers have a passion for righting wrongs and helping our clients succeed.

We help victims of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation find justice and compensation. We help whistleblowers recover millions of dollars in rewards for reporting fraud. We also help businesses operate more efficiently and avoid costly litigation.

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We help whistleblowers navigate the complex process of working with the government on large-scale fraud cases while protecting them from retaliation. Our cases have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars for the government and tens of millions of dollars for our clients.
If you’ve been dismissed, your initial impulse might be to consult a competent lawyer. The professionals at Hoyer Law Group, PLLC are ready to assist – but gathering as much information as possible before launching your case is crucial. Protections for whistleblowers exist, but you need to ascertain whether you qualify for such protections.

Can Employers Dismiss Me If I Refuse to Engage in Illegal Activities?

Short answer: No.

If your employers ask you to undertake illegal activities as part of your job, you have every right to decline. Indeed, if you comply with their request, you could face legal repercussions. If you wish to protect yourself and avoid involvement in your employer’s unlawful practices, you can – and should – refuse to perform illegal tasks.

However, it’s important to consider that an employer willingly operating outside the law might not hesitate to dismiss you upon refusal. Fortunately, a qualified whistleblower lawyer can help turn your dismissal into a positive outcome, advocating for compensation and closure following your wrongful termination.

Does Whistleblowing Qualify As Grounds for Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful termination typically involves instances where an employee’s dismissal breaches a contract or stems from discrimination. However, whistleblowers have certain protections. If an employer dismisses, demotes, or targets you because you exposed illegal or harmful business practices, you may be entitled to compensation.

Whistleblowers play a critical role. Without individuals willing to expose dangerous, harmful, or outright illegal business practices, such activities could persist indefinitely. If you’ve acted rightly, you shouldn’t face punishment. Fortunately, Hoyer Law Group, PLLC can assist in your defense.

Contact Us Today

At Hoyer Law Group, PLLC, we understand your rights as a responsible employee to voice concerns about unfair practices. We also acknowledge that some employers may attempt to retaliate against you for doing so. Reach out to us today and learn how a Tampa whistleblower retaliation lawyer from our office can help prepare and protect you.

Business Law

Our lawyers provide the legal services that business owners need to succeed, including handling business formations, drafting and reviewing contracts, counseling businesses on employment matters and litigating. Due to the wide range of services we provide, we often serve as general legal counsel for companies that do not have internal counsel.

If you’re running a business, your main focus should be on what matters most. While understanding the legal aspect of your operations is crucial, enlisting a capable team of business lawyers allows you to concentrate on expanding your business rather than dealing with the avalanche of legal paperwork that accompanies it.

You will likely require the expertise of a business law specialist at some point. This is not pessimistic thinking; it’s being prepared. Contrary to popular belief that the services of a business lawyer are necessary only in emergencies, your lawyer(s) can actually assist in maintaining smooth operations throughout your business.

Understanding Contracts

Businesses are significantly dependent on contracts. There are contracts between you and your employees, you and your partners, you and your clients — the list continues. Naturally, you need to ensure these contracts are fair for all parties involved, and you must understand the appropriate legal action to take if a contract is breached.

A Tampa, FL Business Lawyer can assist you in drafting and managing contracts. However, your legal team can also guide you in adhering to the conditions of these contracts during your business operations. If you have questions about how a contract with one client might impact your contract with another, your lawyers can help determine the optimal path forward.

Similarly, if a contract is breached (intentionally or accidentally), your legal team can help navigate the situation. Even a minor contract violation can evolve into a significant problem, but with proper legal advice, you can effectively resolve it.

Commercial Disputes

Contracts play a crucial role in running a business, but so do conflicts and disagreements. While a harmonious business environment is ideal, you may often find yourself mediating conflicts among shareholders, founders, employees, clients, and more.

Such conflicts can disrupt your business growth and consume a significant amount of your time. Thankfully, you can depend on a business dispute lawyer from Hoyer Law Group, PLLC to keep your business on track. Whether it’s contracts, disputes, or simply staying aware of regulations and red tape, we’re here to help.

Contact Hoyer Law Group, PLLC

Running a business demands time and effort, and getting tangled in legal questions can make you feel stuck. Reach out to us today to learn how our legal team can facilitate progress for you and your business.

Employment Law

Our attorneys are relentless advocates for victims of discrimination, pay inequity, harassment and wrongful termination. We’ve taken on the largest and fiercest employers, such as Walmart and the Department of Homeland Security. We’ve recovered more than $90 million for our clients.

Navigate Your Rights in Cases of Wrongful Termination and Discrimination

Before engaging a Tampa, FL, employment law lawyer, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with the concepts of wrongful termination and workplace discrimination. Understanding what constitutes wrongful termination and how to recognize signs of discrimination are fundamental steps in building your case.

Understanding Wrongful Termination

Termination can feel unjust or unwarranted, but specific criteria must be met for it to be considered “wrongful”. Most employment is at-will, implying that both employers and employees can freely terminate the employment contract at their discretion.

However, some terminations may infringe on specific terms of your employment. For instance, if your contract guaranteed weekly payment and you were terminated without any compensation, you might have a valid case for wrongful termination. Similarly, if you have evidence that your dismissal was due to discrimination, you should consult a federal employment lawyer in Tampa, FL.

Understanding Discrimination

As an EEOC attorney from our office can explain, there are protected classes within employment law that cannot serve as grounds for termination. For example, an employee’s race, gender, or religion are not acceptable reasons for dismissal or mistreatment in the workplace.

Discrimination takes many forms. You might have been overlooked for promotion due to your gender or ethnicity, or experienced a demotion or title change because of your pregnancy status. Such actions are unacceptable in a fair workplace, so a Tampa employment discrimination attorney from Hoyer Law Group, PLLC, can assist you in fighting back.

It’s essential to remember that employers can discriminate in numerous ways – but sometimes, discrimination isn’t solely top-down. Your coworkers might harass or target you based on gender, sexual orientation, among other factors. Regardless of whether discrimination originates from management or colleagues, it’s worth consulting an attorney.

Get In Touch

Nobody should endure harassment at work or elsewhere. Nor should you tolerate wrongful termination. Thankfully, legal avenues exist for seeking closure and compensation. If you’ve experienced wrongful termination or discrimination, or if you’re seeking additional information, reach out to Hoyer Law Group, PLLC to learn more.

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Our Successes

Whistleblower Settlement

Hoyer Law Group Settled First Whistleblower Case Connected To “Operation Brace Yourself” For $20.3 Million

Laboratory Fraud

Jesse Hoyer Estes And Hoyer Law Group Secures $16 Million Whistleblower Settlement Of Laboratory Fraud Case

False Claims Act

David Haron Secures $8 million from CWD Holdings LLC Under The False Claims Act To Resolve Allegations That The Firm Avoided Paying Tariffs On Certain Imported Brake Parts.

Equal Pay Act

Partner Dave Scher Obtains $466,000 Judgment For A Former Director At The NTSB When It Paid His Client Less Than Her Male Comparators.

Healthcare Fraud

Partners Jesse Hoyer Estes And Sean Estes Help Recover $501,000 In Healthcare Fraud Case Brought By Hoyer Law Group Whistleblower Client.

Americans With Disabilities Act

Partner Dave Scher Successfully Argued Before The United States Court of Appeals That Temporary Conditions, Such As “Broken Legs And Injured Tendons,” Constitute A Disability Under The Americans With Disabilities Act.

False Claims Act

Case Led By Jesse Hoyer Estes Results In Caldwell University Agreeing To Pay More Than $4.8 Million To Resolve Allegations Of Violating False Claims Act.

Whistleblower Verdict

Partner Dave Scher Secures $282,000 Verdict For A Whistleblower Before A Jury In D.C. Superior Court After He Stood Up To School Administrators Who Were Deceiving The Students, The Public, And The Federal Government.

Military Housing Fraud

Hoyer Law Group Whistleblower Client Represented By Partner Jesse Hoyer Estes Helps Uncover $500,000 Military Housing Fraud.

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I can’t thank Dave Scher enough for the excellent representation. He was friendly, attentive, very responsive, and prompt throughout the process. I had full confidence in his representation and I couldn’t recommend a better attorney!

– Former Client

Thank you for your tremendous help settling this case and helping me to move on with my life. Without your guidance, diligence and hard word, I’m sure we could not have closed this chapter. I appreciate your hard work and would like to express my deep gratitude – thank you for being on my team.

– Former Client

I just want to thank you for your kind words and assurance. You and David are extremely supportive lawyers.

– Former Client

I cannot express enough my satisfaction with my experience. Dave Scher, Partner, was my Consult and handled my case with professionalism and personal support through a very stressful situation. My case was resolved as quickly as I could have expected and they were always available for questions. The responsiveness we experienced from day one was unexpected and very much appreciated. I highly recommend Dave Scher and the Hoyer Law Group.

-Steven Dellinges

Employment & Whistleblower Law FAQs

How Can I Determine If I Was Wrongfully Terminated?

Dismissal from a job can feel unjust and overwhelming, but specific criteria must be met for legal action against a former employer. If you were fired due to poor performance or persistent tardiness, chances are you won’t have a viable case.

While some dismissals are justified, others may provide grounds for a wrongful termination suit. If you have evidence suggesting termination due to discrimination or if your employer failed to fulfill their obligations under your employment contract, consider contacting a Tampa employment lawyer from our office.

What Is a Breach of Contract?

The terms of your employment are set out in your contract, where you agree to perform services in exchange for compensation from your employer. If your employer fails to fulfill their end of the contract, particularly if they terminate your employment without paying you for your work, you could have a wrongful termination case. Consulting a federal employment lawyer is always a good idea in such instances.

If you’ve been dismissed and your former employer is withholding all or part of your pay, engage a professional employment lawyer who can guide you through the legal process of seeking compensation and closure following wrongful termination and contract breach.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer If I'm a Whistleblower?

Exposing a company’s unsafe, unethical, or illegal practices is commendable. However, such actions can sometimes result in retaliation, including demotion, targeting, or dismissal. 

Fortunately, protections exist for whistleblowers. A whistleblower retaliation lawyer can help combat any mistreatment. If you’ve spoken out against your company’s unethical practices and were subsequently fired, you and your legal team may be able to substantiate that your dismissal was in retaliation for your actions. If you were fired for refusing to partake in illegal activities at work, you might have a basis for a wrongful termination suit. A Tampa, FL wrongful termination lawyer from our office can assist.

What Constitutes Discrimination in the Workplace?

Discrimination often plays a significant role in wrongful termination lawsuits. If you suspect you were dismissed based on your ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, it’s crucial to consult a lawyer promptly. Although proving that discrimination led to your termination can be challenging, you can also seek help from an employment law specialist if you’ve experienced discriminatory practices or harassment at work.

Discrimination is not exclusive to management. It manifests in various forms, potentially originating from your team members. Harassment, bullying, or being overlooked for promotion can all stem from discriminatory practices.

If you’re a victim of sexual harassment, a sexual harassment lawyer can assist you in seeking justice, closure, and compensation. Likewise, if you believe you were unjustly passed over for promotion due to your ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, an employment discrimination lawyer in Tampa, FL can guide you through your next steps.

When Should I Contact a Lawyer?

If you’ve suffered harassment, termination, or a toxic work environment due to your identity or actions taken at work, you should immediately contact a Tampa EEOC lawyer.

The professionals at Hoyer Law Group, PLLC can support you in fighting back and obtaining the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us to learn more and discover what an employment law and whistleblower specialist from our office can do for you.