Employers expect loyalty from their employees. Companies who are engaging in illegal activities may expect their workers to look the other way. Illegal corporate conduct, such as, dumping toxic chemicals or overcharging a government agency, represent violations of the law. An employee speaking on such matters is generally protected from retaliatory actions by their employer.
An employee cannot be fired or retaliated against for disclosing that he or she has information, or a reasonable belief, that the employer has violated, is violating, or will violate the law. Several federal and state law include provisions that protect employees for “blowing the whistle” on (or reporting) an employer’s illegal actions.
We will stand up for your rights against employers and make sure you get the compensation or other remedy you deserve.
Under federal law, an employee may not be retaliated against for:
Qui Tam Lawsuits. Individuals or companies that submit false claims for payment of government funds may be liable for three times the government’s damages, plus tough civil penalties.
The federal False Claims Act permits a whistleblower, who has knowledge of a current or past fraud on the federal government, to bring a claim on behalf of the government to recover the government and taxpayer’s lost funds. The False Claims Act provides job protection to whistleblowers, and it financially rewards whistleblowers whose qui tam lawsuits recover government funds.
Some common types of fraud against the government include:
Under Arizona law, an employee may not be fired in retaliation for:
It is not uncommon for employees to be wrongfully terminated for reporting their employer’s violations of the law. While employment in Arizona is in general an "at-will" arrangement (i.e., an employee may be fired for no cause), employees nonetheless have protections against termination or other adverse employment actions for reporting their employer’s illegal deeds.
At Martin & Bonnett PLLC, we will discuss what rights you may have even as an "at-will" employee and what remedies you may be entitled to receive if those rights are violated by your employer. We have represented employees who were fired for asserting their rights in reporting to federal or state government agencies various types of employer misconduct.
We will meet with you and discuss the events that led up to your termination. Your case will receive a thorough review and analysis. While we also strive to resolve employment disputes through negotiation, we will not hesitate to litigate your wrongful termination claims in court.
Do You Have a Case?
Our extensive background gives us insight into analyzing your case to determine your rights and whether remedies are available without having to file a lawsuit. If that option is not available, we will discuss with you the possibility of filing a lawsuit against your employer.
For more information contact us at 602-240-6900 or 800-952-4750, or use our convenient, confidential Contact Form.