Choosing to become a whistleblower is a big step that requires careful consideration. Some Detroit employees may avoid blowing the whistle, but many others feel it is right to call out wrongdoing of any kind.
When employees learn that their superior is defrauding the government, they may pursue a Qui Tam action for whistleblowers. Such an action allows the government to try to recover any funds it lost to fraud. Whistleblowers can benefit from acting on their knowledge of fraud in two ways.
First, they typically feel a sense of personal reward for helping put a stop to fraudulent activities. Second, they may acquire monetary compensation for their whistleblower efforts, which provides them with financial security. In most cases, the possibility of financial gain is not the main impetus for initiating a Qui Tam action. Instead, these actions usually stem from an employee's sense of duty and his or her respect for government entities.
We know that making the decision to stand up against wrongdoing is difficult at best. If you do decide to become a whistleblower, we recommend following these helpful tips to make the process as easy as possible.
- Keep copies of all evidence of fraud that you uncover and submit it to the proper authority
- Document anything and everything related to the fraud and make hard paper copies of your documentation
- Do not discuss your Qui Tam action or the fraud you are reporting with anyone at all
- Take your story and your documentation to an experienced attorney before you report wrongdoing to any other entity
- Never put your signature on any document until you have allowed your lawyer to review it first
Whistleblowers sometimes face many obstacles such as wrongful termination or harassment in the workplace. You can reduce the hardships you may face by seeking whistleblower protection from an attorney. We invite you to continue exploring our website to learn more about blowing the whistle on workplace wrongdoing.