While the American workforce is becoming increasingly comprised of millennials, one thing stands the test of time: no one likes a snitch in the workplace. So sticking to the “company line” and not providing fodder to competitors and Internet trolls is highly important, even in 2016. So much so, that people may be genuinely concerned about losing their jobs if they speak out against fraud.
However, federal law protects employees who speak out against fraud against the government by private companies; also known as whistleblowers. But before becoming a whistleblower, you may have some concerns. This post will help to address them.
How do I know if my employer was stealing from the government? –You may not specifically know if your employer was committing fraud, but as you learn more about the situation, may want to talk to someone. This is okay because the purported acts may have to be investigated further in order to make this determination.
What if I contributed to the fraud? – If you believe you were part of the fraud, why would contact an attorney? Because the federal rules do not specifically disqualify you as a whistleblower if you were part of the fraudulent acts. In fact, you may be able to reduce your liability by being one.
Will my employer fire me for exposing fraud? – Federal law prohibits employers from terminating employees who initiate or participate in whistleblower suits. Indeed, an employer may threaten your employment in an attempt to keep you quiet, but you can take solace in knowing that the law is on your side.