Whistleblowers play a critical role in exposing complex fraud schemes and other illegal acts. Unfortunately, all too often, whistleblowers are subject to mistreatment from their employers. At HKM Employment Attorneys LLP, our firm is committed to protecting the legal rights and professional interests of whistleblowers, both public and private. If your employer has taken adverse action against you because of the protected disclosures that you made, please contact our team today for immediate legal assistance.
We Handle All Types of Whistleblower Claims
There are many different types of whistleblower cases. In fact, whistleblower actions can arise from a wide array of different state and federal laws, coming both from the public and private sector. The legal protection and potential remedies available can also vary widely, depending on the specific facts of the case. As such, it is imperative that you work with a top-rated whistleblower protection attorney who has deep experience handling claims that are similar to that of your own. Our firm handles all types of whistleblower cases. Some of the most prominent examples include:
- Securities/financial industry whistleblowers;
- Healthcare and pharmaceutical company fraud;
- Federal contractor fraud;
- False Claims Act/Qui Tam cases; and
- Federal employee whistleblower claims.
Whistleblower Protection for Federal Workers
The Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) provides critically important legal protections to federal workers who wish to make disclosures regarding potential misconduct. Specifically, under the act, a federal employee is protected from any form of employer retaliation for making a disclosure that they reasonably believe is evidence of:
- Any type of legal violation;
- Gross mismanagement;
- Unacceptable waste of public funds;
- Abuse of authority;
- Danger to public health or safety; or
- Unlawful censorship of research.
To be clear, the WPA offers federal employees very broad protections against retaliation. All of the following types of adverse employment action are prohibited: termination, demotion, loss of promotion, unfavorable reassignment, loss of compensation or benefits, unjustified poor performance appraisals, reduction in duties and subjection to undesirable working conditions.
Remedies Available in Whistleblower Retaliation Cases
If you prevail in a whistleblower retaliation claim, you are entitled to receive full relief from any injustices that you have suffered due to the unlawful actions of your employer. Depending on the facts of your claim, you may be entitled to:
- Full compensation for any lost wages;
- Recovery for attorneys’ fees and other legal costs;
- Compensation for incidental monetary damages;
- Recovery for emotional distress; and
- Equitable relief, potentially including reinstatement, the rescission of a suspension or the modification of a poor performance evaluation.
Contact Our Whistleblower Protection Lawyers Today
At HKM Employment Attorneys LLP, we are proud to protect the rights and interests of whistleblowers. If you have made protected disclosures and suffered any type of unlawful retaliation as a result, we can help. Please do not hesitate to contact our team today to set up a fully confidential review of your case. We have offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas and Seattle, and we represent federal workers in all 50 states.