What is a Whistleblower?
Honest answers to complicated questions about whistleblowers from a Houston law firm
Whistleblowers have existed long before the term was created in the 1970s, according to attorneys at Brewer & Pritchard. Throughout American history, many people have courageously come forward to speak out against corruption or other illegal activity. And as far back as 1778, the United States has enacted laws designed to protect individuals who report misconduct, fraud and other illegal activity by military officers in this country. More comprehensive laws known as the False Claims Act were created in 1863 in an effort to combat military contractor fraud during the Civil War.
The False Claims Act
The False Claims Act was revised in 1986 and several other times since then, but the guiding principle remains the same. These laws exist to protect people who speak out against illegal activity by our government or a private company. These laws also protect whistleblowers, or "relators" as the law refers to them, from wrongful termination and include provisions for financially compensating whistleblowers for exposing fraud or corruption. Such rules and regulations are also often known as "qui tam" law.
Accurate information about whistleblower claims from Brewer & Pritchard
Whistleblowers can be people who work for a private company. They can also be concerned citizens simply speaking out against wrongdoing by government agencies or corporations.
Knowing what to do if you're considering being a whistleblower can be overwhelming. You have so many legal options available to you. Even knowing where to start can be confusing. That's why it's critical you contact Brewer & Pritchard as soon as possible. We can guide you through all your legal options and help you decide if being a whistleblower is the right decision for you.
Whistleblowers have rights. We can protect them. Contact us today
We don't tell you what to do when you contact Brewer & Pritchard. We listen. We learn about your case. Then we work with you to develop a strategy that addresses your specific legal issue. No two cases are ever exactly alike. The same should be true for whatever legal action you decide to take.
Having an experienced whistleblower lawyer on your side to help you handle your case can make all the difference. Discover what we can do for you. Contact Brewer & Pritchard today. Call 800-445-8710 or fill out our online inquiry form and schedule an appointment. We respect your privacy.