Whistleblower & Retaliation

Protecting Employees Who Report Corporate Fraud

For more than a decade, Outten & Golden’s whistleblower attorneys have worked tirelessly to protect employees who sound the alarm about corporate fraud.

Most people spend more time at work than anywhere else. Discovering that your employer has defrauded the government, shareholders, taxpayers, customers, or the public — while raking in millions of dollars in the process — can cause significant emotional distress. At the same time, there are real concerns that blowing the lid on fraud will put your livelihood in jeopardy.

Our clients often come to us because they spoke up at work about a potential violation of the law and were later fired for it. Other times, employees reach out because they’ve identified misconduct, and they don’t know how to navigate the road ahead, or they’ve already spoken up, and they are experiencing retaliation.

No matter your situation, if you have reported corporate fraud to your employer or the government — or you are thinking about coming forward — an experienced whistleblower lawyer can help you weigh your options and potentially receive a monetary award for speaking up.

Employee Whistleblowers Can Receive Money for Exposing Fraud

There are numerous whistleblower reward programs that issue monetary awards to employees who successfully help the government prosecute corporate fraud. Employees can earn between 10-30% of the final judgment or settlement in a successful whistleblower action.

These reward programs are led by various government agencies, including:

  • Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • State Attorneys General and local prosecutors’ offices under the False Claims Act

Our seasoned whistleblower attorneys have worked on matters that have recovered hundreds of millions for the government, while earning tens of millions for themselves through these whistleblower reward programs.

The O&G Difference

As the largest U.S. law firm dedicated exclusively to representing employees, we deeply understand the emotional, financial, and legal realities of coming forward as a whistleblower.

Other whistleblower law firms are focused solely on recovering awards, leaving clients to find another attorney to help them navigate their interactions with their employer. By contrast, our team handles the full spectrum of whistleblower issues, including government reward programs, whistleblower retaliation, executive compensation, severance negotiations, and other related workplace claims such as discrimination, harassment, and breach of contract.

We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive legal counsel that helps our clients confidently move forward with their lives, while leaving no stone unturned in our shared quest for justice.

Types of Whistleblower Claims We Handle

Whistleblower claims are governed by a complex patchwork of federal and state laws that incentivize employees to report fraud and protect them from retaliation.

Whistleblowers work in a wide variety of industries and help protect taxpayers and the public from being harmed by corporations.

Common whistleblower cases we’ve handled include:

  • Healthcare workers who raise concerns about patient safety, billing fraud, illegal kickbacks, or other violations of law that affect patients or providers.
  • Financial services employees who work in banking, hedge funds, private equity, or other investment or securities industry positions.
  • Construction employees who work for companies that contract with state and federal governments.
  • Public company employees who raise concerns about bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, and other misconduct that affects shareholders.
  • Employees who work in accounting or finance who identify underpayments of taxes or tax fraud.
  • Defense industry employees, in both the public and private sector, who identify mismanagement of federal contracts or grants, waste of federal funds, or other violations of law.
  • Employees in California, New York, Washington D.C., and other states with strong whistleblower protection laws.

Contact Us If You Have a Whistleblower Claim

Attorneys at Outten & Golden have represented whistleblowers in False Claims Act whistleblower reward cases, have successfully negotiated and litigated whistleblower retaliation cases, and have advocated on behalf of all whistleblowers in high-profile cases across the country.

Contact us to speak with a member of our team today.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)