If there’s one concern that’s frequently expressed by our Newport News area clients, it’s fear of retaliation. We know you’ve come to a whistleblower attorney because you want to do the right thing. But you don’t want to lose your job or suffer a serious financial loss because you did the right thing.
The good news is that if you’ve observed fraud against the federal government and you intend to blow the whistle, you are entitled to protections under the law. Legally, you cannot be retaliated against due to your whistleblowing.
These protections exist under two laws: the False Claims Act, which was passed during the Civil War, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, which was passed in 2010. The former protects those blowing the whistle on false claims made against the government, while the latter protects SEC whistleblowers.
These laws state that you cannot be fired, demoted, have your job duties changed or be otherwise punished as a result of your whistleblowing. However, this does not stop companies from trying to retaliate against whistleblowers. An experienced whistleblower attorney on your side can work actively to protect your rights under the law.
At Patten, Wornom, Hatton & Diamonstein, our attorneys provide such protections. We know your rights under the law, and we won’t hesitate to fight for you if you’ve decided to blow the whistle on fraud.
If you need an experienced whistleblower attorney in the Newport News, Virginia area, please call 757-223-4536 for a free consultation.