Rhode Island False Claims Act
The State of Rhode Island has protected against fraud by adopting a False Claims Act to impose liability on fraudulent claims for payment. It also protects whistleblowers from retaliation by authorizing them to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for discharge and other discriminatory acts. The law provides for qui tam litigation by whistleblowers and treble damages for injuries suffered by the state.
A RI whistleblower with evidence of health care fraud in Medicare or Medicaid may also file a Federal False Claims Act lawsuit and seek recovery of the federal portion of government spending. The federal law permits rewards of between 15 and 30 percent of the recovery.
Other Whistleblower Laws
Rhode Island also has the Rhode Island Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. It protects against discharge or other discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment because of the employees reporting a violation of the law that the employee reasonably believes has occurred to the state or the employer or the employee’s supervisor; or his or her participation in an investigation; refusal to violate federal, state or local law. A civil complaint may be brought for actual damages within three years of the alleged violation.
Rhode Island employees are also protected by a variety of federal whistleblower laws and programs which entitle them to compensation for retaliation and rewards for information that results in the successful recovery of monetary sanctions.
Whistleblower laws are complex and contain many terms and conditions. These summaries are intended to be brief introductions to the law and not a detailed coverage of the intricacies of the law. For additional information about one of these laws, please contact our whistleblower lawyers at 1-800-590-4116.
Note: McEldrew Young Purtell attorneys represent whistleblowers under federal whistleblower reward programs established at the Justice Department, SEC, CFTC, IRS, NHTSA and other federal agencies. We selectively handle client cases involving state law retaliation issues where there is a corresponding claim for a federal or state reward. In certain states, we may do so through association with an employment lawyer licensed in the state where these acts happened because our lawyers are not barred in every state. We generally do not represent public sector (state employee) whistleblowers.