When someone exposes the illegal, unsafe, or abusive behavior of a public or private corporation or other organization, that person – who is often an employee of the organization – is called a “whistleblower.”
Filing a whistleblower lawsuit can be risky, as you’re potentially putting your career at risk and you could face retaliation from your employer. But with help from a whistleblower attorney, you can protect yourself while doing what’s ethical and holding your employer accountable for their illegal or fraudulent actions.
Hiring the best whistleblower lawyer is crucial if you want to bring the wrongdoer to justice. The Nashville whistleblower lawyers at the Employment and Consumer Law Group have extensive experience with these kinds of cases and a proven track record of success. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
What Is a Whistleblower Attorney?
A whistleblower attorney is a lawyer who helps someone file a claim alleging that an organization committed an illicit or illegal activity. Most of these cases involve violations of federal or state laws or fraud against a government entity, such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To encourage people to report fraudulent activity, the government allows whistleblowers a certain degree of anonymity while investigating the whistleblower’s claim.
A whistleblower lawyer can evaluate your claim and identify the government agency you should notify. An attorney can assist you with filing a whistleblower claim under seal and support the government in its actions against the alleged party.
Hiring the Right Whistleblower Lawyer
Here are some things to look for when you’re choosing a whistleblower lawyer:
- Experience with whistleblower cases – Whistleblower claims are complex cases. A whistleblower lawyer may be working with their client and the government to build a case against the accused party. Make sure you hire an attorney with prior experience handling whistleblower cases.
- Knowledge of whistleblower laws – The federal False Claims Act and other whistleblower laws are complicated, with detailed provisions on what to do to achieve a conviction. Your claim could suffer if your whistleblower attorney doesn’t know these laws inside and out.
- Past experience working with government agencies – A whistleblower claim is easier to handle if the lawyer has experience working alongside the IRS, SEC, or other agencies to prosecute these kinds of cases.
- The firm’s resources – Whistleblower claims need careful preparation and attention to detail, so you want a law firm with the time, talent, and resources to give your case the best chance of a favorable outcome.
How Do I File a Whistleblower Lawsuit?
If you wish to file a whistleblower lawsuit, your first step is to talk to a qualified lawyer. Bring any evidence you have to support your case. The attorney can review the facts to determine if you have a valid whistleblower claim or need more information. If you have a strong case, your lawyer can help you file a lawsuit under seal to protect your identity. From there, it’s up to the government to decide if they want to take the case and prosecute the alleged offenders.
How the Employment and Consumer Law Group Can Help
The Employment and Consumer Law Group focuses exclusively on employment law, whistleblower claims, workplace discrimination, harassment, and other related matters. Our dedicated whistleblower lawyers know how to protect your identity and bring the guilty party to justice. If necessary, we can also file a private lawsuit to help hold the fraudulent party accountable for their actions.