There are state and federal laws that protect employees from unfair employers, but for some reason, employment disputes still occur. These disputes can happen intentionally or not, but either way, they put the employee in a disadvantage, because the employee has less resources and experience to handle such things.
According to the website of Williams Kherkher business lawyers, the most common forms of employment disputes include wrongful termination, non-compete provisions, executive compensation issues, and whistleblower lawsuits.
All of these disputes are complicated in their own right, but whistleblower lawsuits can get more attention because of controversy, and how this controversy can affect both the employee and the employer in a significant way.
Whistleblower lawsuits are lawsuits concerning individuals who have knowledge of an organization’s illegal doing and have decided to come forward because it is the right thing to do. These individuals are called whistleblowers.
Most of the time, whistleblowers are current or former employees of the company that is committing or has committed a wrong in the government or private industry. As such, the employer can have the tendency to retaliate by terminating the whistleblower, which can be against the law. The whistleblower can be demoted, discriminated in the workplace, or be put in an inconvenient situation.
President Lincoln requested the enactment of the False Claims Act to eradicate fraud in government. Any individual who files under the act can receive up to a 25 percent portion if the government recovers the damages done from the fraud, to encourage more individuals in coming forward.
But not all those who come forward experience a happy ending. According to an article from the Huffington Post, James Holzrichter became a whistleblower after stepping forward to expose the dirty secrets of his employer. He did receive $6.2 million under the False Claims Act, but only after about 16 years.
Holzrichter, at his lowest point, was forced to put his family into a homeless shelter, because he could not find proper work after the incident. He believed that it had something to do with employers not wanting to hire a “snitch.”
You can get millions of dollars. You could be labeled a snitch for the next decade or so. Or you can experience both. Before making your move, it is still the best option to get legal guidance in the matter of whistleblower lawsuits, to help you get through a time that can easily turn your life around.