California Whistleblower and Qui Tam Claims
Whistleblower claims and qui tam actions involve reports of wrongdoing on the part of the employer, but the two kinds of civil actions are very different. If you have been disciplined or terminated for having reported an illegal condition or safety violation, you probably have a claim for retaliatory discharge based on your actions as a whistleblower.
Whistleblower Claim Lawyers Serving San Francisco
If you’re aware that your employer is cheating the federal government, whistleblower protection laws might protect you from termination; at the same time, you have the right to file a qui tam claim. If successful, you’ll receive a portion of the money that the government recovers from the dishonest employer. Contact the qui tam attorneys at Lawless, Lawless & McGrath for more information about our ability to represent you in either or both forms of litigation.
Qui tam claims are initiated by private citizens under the federal False Claims Act against anyone filing a fraudulent claim for payment from the U.S. government. Because so many government programs are administered through private companies, the opportunity for fraud by persons dealing with the government is always present, and in some industries, is even fairly common.
For example, physicians and pharmacies have been known to claim inflated or fraudulent reimbursements for treatment under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The risk of widespread fraud is also present in government housing programs, defense contracts, and government research grants. As it happens, the persons in the best position to report fraud against the government are very often current or former employees of the wrongdoer.
At Lawless, Lawless & McGrath, we can guide you through the complex process of filing a qui tam claim, and at the same time, protect you from any retaliation by your employer. For further information and a free preliminary case evaluation, contact Lawless, Lawless & McGrath today.
The San Francisco whistleblowers lawyers at Lawless, Lawless & McGrath represent employees with claims for retaliation for reporting unsafe or unlawful workplace conditions or contract practices in such industries as medicine, trucking, nursing homes, defense contracting, health care administration, and in government. Our qui tam lawyers also represent claimants under the False Claims Act throughout California.