Do You Have a Whistleblower Case?

Halunen Law is a leading whistleblower law firm with a host of knowledgeable attorneys that provide a wealth of experience in regards to whistleblower protection, policy, and court hearings. The following information is intended to educate readers on what exactly whistleblowing is and how whistleblowers are protected by the law.

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Whistleblowing Definition:

A whistleblower is an employee who reports misconduct by an employer. There are laws that protect whistleblowers from being fired or mistreated for reporting misconduct. One of these laws is the known as the Whistleblower Protection law. This law was put into place to help protect workers for doing the right thing from retaliation by their employers.
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Information About Whistleblowing Law

The following information provides details on the different aspects of whistleblower laws, including protection for whistleblowers and legal options when employers have retaliated.

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You are a whistleblower if you know that something is not right in your workplace and you cannot stand by and let it happen. You must take some action against corporate fraud, and that is what you do. This sense of integrity is a powerful weapon, and the United States relies on people like you to challenge illegal corporate conduct. The government cannot fight corporate fraud alone. It has passed laws to encourage, reward, and protect whistleblowers.

If you have witnessed or learned of something illegal at work and reported it, you may be experiencing retaliation or punishment, subtle or obvious, or you may be afraid that someone is planning to pay you back by firing or discrediting you.

 


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You may be a whistleblower in need of protection if you have:

  • made a claim against an entity under the False Claims Act or the IRS, SEC or CFTC whistleblower statutes
  • reported to your company that its conduct violates a state or federal law or regulation
  • reported to an external agency that your company’s conduct violates a state or federal law
  • reported to your company that it is treating you in a way that violates state or federal law or regulation
  • reported to an external agency that your employer is treating you in a way that violates state or federal law or regulation

 


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If you have witnessed or learned of something illegal at work either constituting corporate fraud or illegal discrimination against you or others, and if, in conscience, you need to take action, it would be wise to consult with an employment attorney as soon as possible.

  • Before blowing the whistle – If you come to us before reporting illegal conduct we can help minimize potential negative reactions and set you up to be protected under the law.
  • While you are employed – If you have already reported illegal conduct we can help you recognize whether retaliation has occurred and develop a plan to address it.
  • Before or after termination – If termination is imminent or has already happened, we can use your whistleblower status to work out a severance, file a whistleblower lawsuit, or take other action on your behalf.

 


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Sometimes planning an exit strategy through a proposed severance agreement is the best choice for whistleblowers. Sometimes a whistleblower has already been offered a severance agreement by an employer. The attorneys of Halunen Law provide skilled consultation and representation in both of these situations, particularly as they relate to severance agreements for executives and professionals.

Whistleblowers can have substantial leverage in proposing an advantageous severance when companies want to avoid further liability. Careful structuring of the terms is important to maximize your leverage, protect yourself economically, and facilitate a smooth transition to the next step in your career.

 


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SOX Protects Whistleblowers:

Examples of whistleblower activities protected under SOX include:

  • Reporting an employer’s failure to disclose accurate financial statements to potential investors
  • Reporting an employer’s improper entries on financial statements
  • Exposing senior management’s alteration of delinquency reports
  • Reporting an employer’s use of an unregistered broker to solicit investors in exchange for a commission
  • Raising concerns about a supervisor’s practice of backdating letters of credit
  • Committing other violations of the law and betraying the public trust