Whistle blower laws are intended to empower individuals to report violations of the law by their employer without fear of retaliation by offering legal protections and remedies to the individual. State and federal whistle blower laws protect employees who report legal violations in the workplace. When a private citizen learns of the violation and files suit it is known as a “qui tam” lawsuit. In qui tam cases, a private citizen files a suit on behalf of the government.
If you have been fired or discriminated against for reporting a legal violation in the workplace, you may have cause to file a whistle blower lawsuit. Although there is no one all-encompassing federal whistle blower law, many federal and state employment laws include a whistle blower clause which provides a legal remedy to employees who have been retaliated against for reporting violations of the law in the workplace.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of such characteristics as race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Workplace sexual harassment also falls under the jurisdiction of this federal employment law. In order to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it is necessary that employees or potential employees report employment discrimination or harassment. The Act protects employees by prohibiting an employer from taking any retaliatory action against an employee who reports discrimination.
The latin “qui tam” is an abbreviation of the phrase “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro se ipso in hac parte sequitur” which means “he who sues on behalf of the king as well as for himself.” The Federal Civil False Claims Act is an example of a qui tam law which allows private citizens to file a lawsuit in the name of the U.S. Government against government contractors or other entities that received or used government funds fraudulently. This Act attempts to counteract fraudulent overbilling of the Federal Government by allowing individuals filing under the Act to receive a portion of any recovered damages. Typically, claims under the Federal Civil False Claims Act have been filed by individuals with insider knowledge of false claims related to health care, military, and government spending programs.
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Most whistle blowerlaws provide significant civil remedies for the whistle blower. However, with a complex case, it could be quite a long time, even years, before a plaintiff receives money from a settlement or judgment. Many whistle blowers have been fired from their jobs and have no money to make ends meet. Pre-settlement funding is available for plaintiffs involved in a whistle blower lawsuit with a tort attorney. A lawsuit cash advance can provide plaintiffs with the financial assistance they need while their whistle blower lawsuit is in process.
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