The U.S. Government offers financial rewards to whistleblowers reporting violations of the False Claims Act, the tax code, the securities laws and numerous other laws. As a result, the U.S. Government receives tips about health care fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion and other violations of federal law regularly. During President Obama’s administration, the federal government paid out more than $4 billion to whistleblowers.
The U.S. also offers whistleblower protections against retaliation to certain employees through anti-retaliation lawsuits. Certain states have also adopted laws to protect individuals blowing the whistle on misconduct from retaliation. As a result of the numerous and complex laws in this field, a whistleblower attorney can be crucial to avoid missed deadlines and other obstacles to an award and monetary compensation.