- Acting as a “whistleblower” with regard to corporate wrongdoing (if you have information about corporate wrongdoing, you may also be entitled to a substantial financial award from the U.S. Government)
- Refusing to engage in illegal or unethical activities
- Complaining about wage and overtime practices
- Objecting to discrimination or harassment
- Questioning whether your employer has given you or other employees appropriate meal and rest periods
- Complaining about accounting irregularities
- Protesting fraudulent activity towards customers, vendors, or business partners
- Challenging your employer’s decision to classify individuals as independent contracts when they are really employees
- Taking necessary medical leave or participating in jury duty
- Engaging in lawful conduct outside the workplace
- Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits
If you have knowledge regarding corporate wrongdoing by your employer or by any other business (including a competitor), you may be entitled to a substantial reward from the United States Government if you act as a “whistleblower” and provide that information to the government.
For example, the U.S. Congress created the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Program to provide monetary incentives for individuals to come forward and report possible violations of the federal securities laws to the SEC. Under the program, eligible whistleblowers are entitled to an award of between 10% and 30% of the monetary sanctions collected in actions brought by the SEC and related actions brought by other regulatory and law enforcement authorities. Similarly, Congress also created the IRS Whistleblower Program allows citizens to submit information showing that individuals and corporations have underpaid their federal taxes. Depending on the quality of information provided by a whistleblower, he or she is entitled to 15% to 30% of the taxes recovered as a result of the assistance. The U.S. government also has a False Claims Act that allows the government to punish contractors who defraud government. Under the False Claims Act, anyone with evidence of fraud against the government who sues and recovers any amount will be eligible for between 15% and 30% of the total recovery. More information about whistleblower laws that allow individuals to report fraud and collect monetary rewards is located here.
If you have reason to believe you have been illegally fired, or have been the victim of other wrongdoing or fraud contact the Wrongful Termination Lawyers at Helmer Friedman LLP for your free consultation.