Can Employers Retaliate Against Whistleblowers?
The short answer is “no.” Section 3730(h) prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee or a subcontractor for attempting to uncover or report fraud against the federal government. Any employee who is “discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or in any other manner discriminated against… by his or her employer because of lawful acts done by the employee… shall be entitled to all relief necessary to make the employee whole,” which may include reinstatement, back pay, two times the amount of back pay, litigation costs and attorney fees.
So What Should You Do?
Collect all the information you can about the fraud that you’ve observed and contact us. You don’t have to leave your job to file a complaint under the False Claims Act or the related whistleblower programs. It may be crucial to the case that you keep your job so that you can provide the government with up-to-date information.