Whistleblowers act as the eyes and ears of the public against fraudulent action. They are people who, because of their unique access, are aware of wrongdoing and report it in order to try to stop it from happening. This wrongdoing can be the violation of a law, waste of funds, causing danger to the public health or safety, gross mismanagement, or abuse of power. Though there are rewards that have been specifically created for those whose reporting of these criminal actions successfully ends in a guilty verdict and resolution of the wrongdoing, being a whistleblower has significant risk. People who turn in their employers or for dishonesty or illegal activity have legitimate concerns about retaliatory acts against them, including the loss of their job, but the Whistleblower Protection Act has been put in place to prevent this from happening. The knowledgeable attorneys at the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz are well-versed in the various laws that apply to whistleblowers, and we can protect you with your case.
The Whistleblower Protection Act was passed in 1989, and further enhanced in 2012 in order to make protections for federal whistleblowers even stronger. Whistleblowers have proven to be extremely valuable to the government’s ability to detect problems within federal agencies, saving billions of dollars and countless lives. Unfortunately, in the past many people who came forward to alert the government to wrongdoing have believed themselves to be the victims of reprisals and threats. The good news is that the laws that have been written to protect workers also include specific laws against employers’ retaliating against those who report when they are being violated, and the laws that have been written for the protection of the public also include protections for those who speak up when those laws are being violated.
It is important to understand the difference between a whistleblower claim and a whistleblower retaliation claim. A whistleblower claim is filed by an employee or other person who has firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing. It reports to the authorities so that they can investigate and determine whether they want to pursue a lawsuit against the wrongdoer for their fraudulent, abusive actions. A retaliation claim is filed by a person who has reported a fraudulent act and who believe they are facing retaliation by their employer as a result. This type of retaliation is illegal, and if you are being subjected to it after calling wrongdoing to the authorities’ attention, then a Philadelphia whistleblower lawyer can help protect you with your case. No matter what type of whistleblower claim you have filed, whether against a federal agency, a company that has government contracts, violation of a law created to protect the environment, or any other type of abuse, the experienced attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help to protect your rights and ensure that you are not the victim of retribution for having done the right thing.
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