If you have observed illegal activity or other misconduct during the course of your employment, you may be considering “blowing the whistle” by reporting what you know to the proper authorities. You may be hesitating, however, because you know that whistleblowing can lead to workplace retaliation or even losing your job. You have worked hard for your career and do not want to give that up. A good lawyer, like a whistleblower retaliation claim lawyer from Eric Siegel Law, will understand your difficult position and is ready to help. So what exactly can a whistleblower attorney do for you? Read on to find out.
- Claim Evaluation. Experienced attorneys have heard countless stories about claims like this and are familiar with the relevant state and federal whistleblower laws. They are patient, compassionate, and are ready to listen to you. They will be able to consider the facts of your claim and help you determine whether you have enough information about the misconduct to report and, if so, the best way to report the misconduct.
- Considering the Possibility of Anonymity. Skilled attorneys also know that, if possible, you will likely want to remain anonymous during your reporting. Although anonymity is not guaranteed in most whistleblowing scenarios, your attorney will do all they can to make sure that your life is disrupted as little as possible by the reporting and any subsequent investigation.
- Reporting. After you decide to move forward with your report and after your attorney helps you put in place any necessary safeguards to protect your identity, he or she will help you file your report. With significant experience in many types of whistleblowing, including tax fraud and evasion, healthcare fraud, Qui Tam, Ponzi schemes, SEC violations, and government contract fraud, just to name a few, most attorneys who are experienced in this field know how to file your report, what evidence to include, and how to get your report the attention it deserves. A common theme among whistleblowers is that they tried to report misconduct, but no one would listen. A good law firm will use their skills and experience to make sure that anything you report is heard by the proper authority to take action.
- Protection Against Retaliation. After reporting, your lawyer will be ready to stand by you as your advocate if you suffer any retaliation or harassment due to your whistleblowing report. He or she knows your rights and can help you make sure that you are able to maintain your career and your job, even though you may face scrutiny from your employer for your reporting.
These are just a few of the areas with which a lawyer can help you as you consider and pursue a whistleblowing report. They know that you are in a vulnerable position and will be your advocate as you navigate this difficult time. Call a lawyer today to get started.