Whistleblowers play a critically important role in exposing fraud, corruption, and other illegal acts. At Stanger Stanfield Law, we are committed to fighting for the legal rights and professional interests of whistleblowers throughout Connecticut. If you are considering making a protected disclosure under the False Claims Act, or if you have been retaliated against due to protected whistleblower activity, please contact our legal team for immediate assistance.
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The False Claims Act (Qui Tam)
The False Claims Act was passed after the Civil War in order to deal with rampant abuse of funds by government contractors. This federal law has strong whistleblower protections. Virtually any type of financial fraud committed against the federal government is a violation of this law. If a person has information regarding a False Claims Act violation, they can bring a qui tam lawsuit. In most cases, these lawsuits are brought by employees of the firm, who have discovered the misconduct through their position. Though, other parties, including independent contractors, can bring qui tam claims as well.
If the federal government uses your independent information to put a stop to the fraud or financial misconduct, thereby recovering or saving money, the person who brought the qui tam claim may be entitled to financial compensation. Whistleblowers awards are granted as a percentage of the financial recovery.
Making a disclosure under the False Claims Act is a complex process. Your information needs to be disclosed in the proper manner. The failure to do so could eliminate your ability to recover compensation, and could even get you in legal trouble. In light of this, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney immediately before moving forward.
The Connecticut False Claims Act
The State of Connecticut also has its own False Claims Act. Modeled largely after the federal law, this state statute imposes financial liability on private individuals and companies that defraud certain state programs. Whistleblowers can make disclosures under this law to the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General. If the information that was disclosed results in the fraud being stopped and the state recovering money, the whistleblower may be entitled to a financial award.
Whistleblower Retaliation Defense
Companies and state agencies are prohibited from retaliating against an employee simply because they made a protected whistleblower disclosure. Unfortunately, this does not always stop employers from attempting to punish whistleblowers. Our Connecticut employment law attorneys have extensive experience handling wrongful termination cases and claims involving other types of unlawful retaliation. Whether you were fired, demoted, harassed, or subject to any other type of adverse employment action, our legal team can protect your legal rights.
Contact Our Connecticut Whistleblower/Qui Tam Attorneys Today
At Stanger Stanfield Law, we are proud to fight for the rights of whistleblowers in Connecticut. We know that it takes courage to come forward. Talking to us is fully confidential. Our experienced whistleblower/qui tam lawyers can help you determine the best decision for you. To get more information, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team today.