A whistleblower is anyone who objects to, reports or refuses to participate in any type of fraud, theft or other illegal conduct that is happening at his or her place of work. Both New Jersey and federal law offer strong protections for those who are brave enough to come forward.
I am Mount Laurel whistleblower defense attorney Leo B. Dubler, III. At my firm, the Law Office of Leo B. Dubler, III, LLC, I represent clients throughout South Jersey with whistleblower and qui tam claims.
Understanding Whistleblower And Qui Tam Claims
Anyone who objects or complains about activities in the workplace they believe to be illegal or improper is considered to be a whistleblower. Whistleblower claims often involve employees who report or threaten to report activities to government regulators or law enforcement agencies. In many cases, employers retaliate against whistleblowers by terminating their employment, demoting them or otherwise subjecting them to harassment.
Fortunately, New Jersey has a very powerful law, called the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, that is specifically designed to protect whistleblowers. This law, known as CEPA, even allows whistleblowers to collect attorneys' fees and costs against their employers if their claims are successful.
The federal False Claims Act also provides incentives for whistleblowers to come forward. Under the FCA, those who file claims for fraud against federal contractors on behalf of the federal government may be entitled to a portion of any amount recovered as a result of their lawsuit. These suits are known as "qui tam claims."
At my firm, I work closely with each one of my clients to ensure that they understand their legal options. No matter the situation, I do everything in my power to help recover the compensation they are entitled to and to achieve justice on their behalf.
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If you believe that you have a whistleblower claim, fill out my firm's contact form or call 856-235-7075 today to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer about your case.