Whistleblower Basic Information

Below, whistleblower attorney Tony Munter discusses basic information regarding what whistleblowers are and dispells some common myths about those who acts as whistleblowers. To learn more call and schedule a free consultation today.

Overall a whistleblower is somebody who reports the truth by acknowledging that what’s going on is not acceptable and standing up to that wrong. At it’s most basic, that’s what a whistleblower is, which is why everyone thinks of the metaphor of somebody blowing a whistle and saying stop. There are a panoply of laws that discuss who is entitled to various legal rights for being a whistleblower, which can get a little complicated, but at it’s most basic that is what being a whistleblower is.

How Do You Know if You’re a Whistleblower?

The best way to find out whether or not you have rights as a whistleblower are to contact an attorney experienced in False Claims and whistleblower law. You most likely know if you have blown the whistle on something that’s wrong and often people will do that before even talking to counsel. That however causes a lot of trouble for the whistleblower because many organizations do not appreciate being reported.

For this reason, your best bet is to consult with an experienced legal representative as soon as possible to discuss your case.

Common Myths About Whistleblowers

The most common misconception regarding whistleblowers are that they are somehow greedy or only motivated by money. The fact is being a whistleblower is often difficult especially when reporting a big organization. Although some whistleblowers do get a reward under some laws, it can still be difficult to stand up and say that your company or your organization is doing something wrong. This is definitely the biggest myth regarding whistle-blowing.

These myths typically begin because the whistleblower is an easy target. While it requires a tremendous amount of moral character to stand up and say that the organization is doing something wrong, it can be a lonely position. Additionally, in instances where the case goes to litigation the defendants may want to attack those who blow the whistle and even the laws that give them those rights. To some degree there’s a backlash in against the success of some of the whistleblower the False Claims  Act in particular. If the defendant is liable for a lot of money, they may want to make it seem that there’s something wrong with a whistleblower collecting for having done the right thing or even for the concept of a whistleblower being rewarded at all.

What Does the Government Look For in Whistleblower Cases?

Generally speaking the government looks at all False Claims Act cases for meritorious claim and for ones that they are reasonably sure they can prove. There are other factors that go into this as well, but the first brush of the government case is going to be the same as anything else. They want to see proof of fraud and whether it can be proven with a reasonable amount of investigation. Additionally, different kinds of fraud will have different government people looking at them. The government might find a different investigator to investigate fraud committed against the Defense Department as opposed to one committed against Medicare and Medicaid. Just because determining what’s going on within a particular industry or area requires a little bit of subject matter expertise, so that is one way that they treat it differently.