No employee should ever have to fear retaliation by his or her employer due to reporting an employer’s illegal practices. That is why Congress enacted the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) in 1989. This law provides statutory protection for covered employees who “whistleblow” against an employer.
If you believe your employer violated the Whistleblower Protection Act through harassment, demotion, termination, or some other type of retaliatory act, contact the lawyers at Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. to discuss your rights. Our skilled attorneys will guide you through qui tam litigation in South Florida and throughout the United States. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA)
Reporting illegal conduct by your employer is understandably intimidating. But there are federal laws that protect you. In addition, as a whistleblower assisting the government, you may be entitled to a percentage of the money recovered in litigation.
According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov), a federal agency has violated the WPA if:
“[The agency] takes or fails to take (or threatens to take or fails to take) a personnel action with respect to any employee or applicant because of any disclosure of information by the employee or applicant that he or she reasonably believes evidences a violation of a law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.”
In order to be protected by the WPA you must be a “covered” employee. Covered employees under the WPA generally include employees who are current, former, or applicants in the executive branch of government. There are exceptions to this, but it is important to discuss your specific situation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Learn More About Your Whistleblower Rights
If you believe you may have a whistleblower or qui tam case, contact the whistleblower attorneys at our law firm today at 888-578-6255. Our main office is in Miami, Florida, but we also have offices in West Palm Beach, New York, and Los Angeles, and we represent whistleblowers throughout the U.S. and nationwide.