Whistleblower Protections & Qui Tam

Protecting the Rights of those Who Speak Up

Every year, the United States and California governments do business with numerous companies and contractors. Unfortunately, sometimes these partnerships go awry. That’s why the Department of Justice and watchdog organizations rely on whistleblowers to alert them of illegal or fraudulent activities. 

At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, we help whistleblowers protect their legal rights. California and the federal government have laws relating to whistleblowing, including laws designed to protect the whistleblower. We can help you protect your rights and fight against wrongdoing.

Protecting the Rights of those Who Speak Up

Every year, the United States and California governments do business with numerous companies and contractors. Unfortunately, sometimes these partnerships go awry. That’s why the Department of Justice and watchdog organizations rely on whistleblowers to alert them of illegal or fraudulent activities. 

At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, we help whistleblowers protect their legal rights. California and the federal government have laws relating to whistleblowing, including laws designed to protect the whistleblower. We can help you protect your rights and fight against wrongdoing.

What is a Whistleblower?

A whistleblower is an individual who, essentially, blows the whistle to stop wrongdoing against the state or federal government. Whistleblowers often report fraudulent activities, such as: 

  • Avoiding Taxes
  • Avoiding Licensing Fees
  • Withholding Payments or Reimbursements 
  • Discriminatory or Unlawful Hiring Practices 
  • Submitting Fraudulent Invoices

What is a Whistleblower?

A whistleblower is an individual who, essentially, blows the whistle to stop wrongdoing against the state or federal government. Whistleblowers often report fraudulent activities, such as: 

  • Avoiding Taxes
  • Avoiding Licensing Fees
  • Withholding Payments or Reimbursements 
  • Discriminatory or Unlawful Hiring Practices 
  • Submitting Fraudulent Invoices

What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

A Qui tam lawsuit is a whistleblowing case where the whistleblower may receive a reward if government funds are recovered. The False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against anyone who is intentionally defrauding the government. 

The False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against anyone who is intentionally defrauding the government. The following types of fraud claims that are likely in Qui Tam claims include the following:

  •  Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Defense contractor fraud
  • Procurement fraud
  • False certifications and information
  • Kickbacks
  • Grant or Program fraud
  • And more

What is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

A Qui tam lawsuit is a whistleblowing case where the whistleblower may receive a reward if government funds are recovered. The False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against anyone who is intentionally defrauding the government. 

The False Claims Act allows anyone to file a lawsuit against anyone who is intentionally defrauding the government. The following types of fraud claims that are likely in Qui Tam claims include the following:

  •  Medicare and Medicaid fraud
  • Defense contractor fraud
  • Procurement fraud
  • False certifications and information
  • Kickbacks
  • Grant or Program fraud
  • And more

California Whistleblower Protections

California whistleblower and Qui tam lawsuit filers are protected under the False Claims Act and state and federal Whistleblower Acts. These protections include:

  • Qui tam cases are investigated “under seal”, which means employees can report illegal activity without the investigation or their identity being disclosed.  
  • Employers are prohibited from retaliating against a whistleblower.
  • Employers cannot retaliate against employees who refuse to partake in illegal or unethical activities. 
  • If a verdict or settlement is reached in a Qui tam case, the whistleblower could receive up to 30% of the recovered amount. 

Are You a Whistleblower?

Blowing the whistle on illegal activity is the right thing to do, but it is risky, and it can be scary. If you witness illegal or fraudulent activity, it is best to contact a whistleblower protection lawyer before taking action. The team at Aiman-Smith & Marcy is here to protect your rights and help you fight back against illegal activity. 

California Whistleblower Protections

California whistleblower and Qui tam lawsuit filers are protected under the False Claims Act and state and federal Whistleblower Acts. These protections include:

  • Qui tam cases are investigated “under seal”, which means employees can report illegal activity without the investigation or their identity being disclosed.  
  • Employers are prohibited from retaliating against a whistleblower.
  • Employers cannot retaliate against employees who refuse to partake in illegal or unethical activities. 
  • If a verdict or settlement is reached in a Qui tam case, the whistleblower could receive up to 30% of the recovered amount. 

Are You a Whistleblower?

Blowing the whistle on illegal activity is the right thing to do, but it is risky, and it can be scary. If you witness illegal or fraudulent activity, it is best to contact a whistleblower protection lawyer before taking action. The team at Aiman-Smith & Marcy is here to protect your rights and help you fight back against illegal activity.