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How do I start the whistleblowing process?
Depending on the type of whistleblower claim you have, the claim is either filed in court under seal or confidentially with the appropriate government agency. This is the action that formally begins the whistleblower process. But the process really begins by first talking to a qualified attorney who can help you decide whether you should file a whistleblower claim, and, if so, handle the process for you.
Can I remain anonymous?
Some whistleblower programs, such as the SEC Whistleblower Program, expressly allow whistleblowers to remain anonymous. Others, such as the False Claims Act, do not have express anonymity provisions, but there are, in sensitive cases, ways to protect the identity of the whistleblowers. An experienced whistleblower attorney can properly guide you through these issues.
Will I be compensated?
Potentially. If you succeed on your whistleblower claim, you will typically be entitled to 15 percent to 30 percent of the government’s recovery, depending on the type of whistleblower action brought and a number of other factors. In large recovery cases this can amount to substantial compensation. If, however, you do not succeed in your whistleblower action, you will not be compensated. Read more about the powerful whistleblower incentives in place here.
Will it cost me anything to bring a whistleblower action?
Not unless you recover. We handle your cases on a contingency fee basis and front all costs associated with the action. This means that if you lose, you will pay nothing. If, however, you win, we will be entitled to compensation and reimbursement of costs from the amount you recover.
What protections do I have?
As a whistleblower, you have powerful legal protections. These include the right to consult with an attorney in confidence, the right to bring the information of suspected wrongdoing to the government, and the right to be free from employer harassment, retaliation, or other adverse actions. Read more about the powerful protections in place here.
What if my employer fires or retaliates against me?
Employers who take adverse action against whistleblowers for coming forward are subject to significant liability, including compensatory and punitive damages. While we cannot guarantee that your employer will not retaliate against you, we can assure you that if they do, we will do everything we can to ensure they are held accountable for doing so.
How long will my case last?
The length of the case depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the case, the speed with which the government investigates it, and whether there is an early resolution of the case versus a full trial and appeal. Cases typically last several years.