Trust our Texas Whistleblower Lawyers at Farah Law
Working under an employer who is violating the law or government regulations
presents employees with a difficult situation.
Fortunately, federal laws protect individuals who report violations or
misconduct to government agencies or law enforcement authorities, and so do Texas laws under certain circumstances. These laws make
employer retaliation illegal.
Individuals may even initiate lawsuits along with the federal government
against acts of fraud. This type of joint claim is referred to as a
qui tam lawsuit, and "whistleblower" is the term used for an individual
engaged in bringing such a lawsuit or reporting wrongful activity.
Farah Law provides legal representation for whistleblowers in
qui tam actions and for employees subject to retaliation based on whistleblowing
activity. Our Qui Tam lawyers in Texas are available 24 / 7, and we take
cases on a
contingent-fee basis, which means you pay us only if we recover compensation for you.
Texas Whistleblower Act
In an effort to crack down on fraud against the government, Congress passed
the False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to bring lawsuits
on behalf of the government against employers who commit government fraud.
Under the False Claims Act, a whistleblower may be entitled to 15 - 25%
of the recovery of damages awarded in the case, along with attorney fees.
Federal Whistleblower Protection Act
There is a federal Whistleblower Protection Act in addition to a Whistleblower
Protection Act provided by Texas law.
These laws provide whistleblower protection for government employees who
report violations of laws, rules and regulations, or waste of funds, significant
danger to public health and safety, or management abuse.
Whistleblowers only receive protection against retaliation for their whistleblower
activity when reporting actions that are serious and not minor, inadvertent
mistakes. It is wise to consult an employment lawyer before engaging in
whistleblower activity to ensure that understand your rights and know
to what degree your legal protections will safeguard you.
Public but not private employees may seek legal protection under the Texas
Whistleblower Act when reporting certain governmental or public employee
legal violations to law enforcement authorities. Types of damages you
may seek to recover include attorneys' fees, wages (current and back pay),
and other damages (but not punitive damages). The law expects whistleblowers
to employ administrative remedies before resorting to legal actions.
Types of whistleblower activities for which you may seek state protection
include medical workers who are engaged as whistleblowers and were subsequently
fired, physicians fired for reporting actions to the State Board of Medical
Examiners, or nurses fired for reporting substandard nursing to the Board
of Nurse Examiners.