When a whistleblower steps forward to report fraud, public health risks, unlawful conduct, or other wrongdoing by an employer, retaliation is always a concern. Federal and state whistleblower laws were put in place to encourage individuals to speak up and do the right thing without fear of reprisal.
At the Dilendorf Law Firm, our experienced whistleblower retaliation lawyers are dedicated to protecting whistleblowers while zealously prosecuting retaliation claims from whistleblowers. We help employees properly submit sealed claims while protecting their rights throughout the process.
Ever since Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, otherwise known as “Dodd-Frank”, a robust set of remedies and statutes preventing employer retaliation are now in place.
Many of the clients we represent are using Dodd-Frank protections to report the following:
- Violations of securities law
- Violations of laws governing the Commodities Futures Trading Commission
- Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- These may include crimes such as broker fraud, insider trading, corporate bribery, corporate fraud, and market manipulation.
We work hard to ensure all of our clients feel secure and protected, as well as guard against any form of retaliation. These actions are filed under the Federal False Claims Act and various states’ false claim acts, or submitted under agency whistleblower statutes including those of the SEC, CFTC, and IRS.
Employers who still attempt to retaliate against a whistleblower will face strict penalties, which might include doubling back pay, legal fees, and other penalties. In addition, employees who have suffered retaliation are protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and may file a claim with the Department of Labor.
For employees who work for companies that do business with the federal government or any of its agencies, the Federal False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§ 3729) provides protection and monetary rewards for individuals who report fraudulent activity.
The Dilendorf Law Firm ensures that all claims are filed correctly and with the appropriate parties while protecting the privacy of our clients. Our experienced team has an excellent track record of working with various government agencies while protecting clients from employer retaliation.