Wells Fargo was recently the target of a significant whistleblower claim that spanned the entire company, in which numerous employees were allegedly terminated illegally following the reporting of unauthorized accounts being opened. One such female employee has struggled since December 2011 after filing her whistleblower claim. As a result, lawmakers and labor officials are scrutinizing the current process and protections for whistleblowers nationwide.
Thomas Perez, Labor Department Secretary, stated that his office is reviewing the full breadth of whistleblower complaints for Wells Fargo’s case. Senator David Vitter is also currently examining how the bank’s practices have affected small businesses. This controversy spells increased protections for whistleblowers in the near future, and likely enhanced rights for those making claims against their employers and victims of retaliation.
The False Claims Act provides whistleblower protection for three years from the date of retaliation. Under this act, a skilled whistleblower lawyer will protect their client via a qui tam proceeding, which means to “sue for both oneself and the government.” Currently, a good deal of attention is being focused on whistleblowing claims nationwide, and both federal and local governments are under a significant amount of pressure to treat these claims seriously.
What is Whistleblower Protection?
Those reporting fraud, harassment, or discrimination in their workplace are protected by the federal government under the False Claims Act. Whistleblower claims are distinct from other lawsuits in that the claimant is not required to prove that he or she has suffered damages.
When pursuing a whistleblower claim, timing is a primary issue. Hiring an experienced whistleblower lawyer early on in the process can help a plaintiff settle a claim even before protection is fully necessary. If you have already reported wrongdoing and feel as though you have been retaliated against as a result, you are entitled to file a claim to recover wages or have your employment reinstated. Special damages can also cover legal fees or even provide interest on lost wages.
Montgomery County Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Fight for Employees’ Rights
The prospect of reporting harassment or discrimination may seem daunting. Our Montgomery County employment lawyers can help you pursue justice. Sidney L. Gold & Associates can be the associates you need. Call us today at 215-569-1999 for a free, no-obligation consultation, or contact us online.