Whistle blowing laws and protection in Virginia

Posted on: February 15, 2016

How much do you know about federal whistleblower law in Virginia? Is there protection available for whistleblowers? As a matter of fact, there is no general whistleblower protection statute in Virginia, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot be protected under Virginia law when in such a situation. In fact, the Federal Government encourages and incentivizes legitimate whistle blowing. Virginia law ensures that whistleblowers, who suffer retaliation as a result of whistle blowing, are entitled to recover under the False Claims Act.

Let’s take a look at the facts about whistle blowing law and the process involved:

  • The Federal False Claims Act entitles all whistle blowers to file a law suit against wrongdoers who are committing fraud against the Federal Government.
  • The personal details of the whistle blower are kept private and confidential during all investigations.
  • After prosecution proceedings have been carried out and a win has achieved in favor of the government, the whistle blower can be awarded between 15% and 30% of the settlement or verdict amount.

This particular type of whistleblower case is referred to as a “Qui Tam” lawsuit. It is where whistle blowers are rewarded for recovering money that rightfully belongs to the government.

Experienced Qui Tam lawyers, or whistleblower lawyers, are typically used when reporting fraud against the federal or state government. These lawyers are expected to advise you on your legal rights and ensure that your identity and personal details are protected during the process.

Schleifman Law provides legal advice on whistle blowing

If you are ready to blow the whistle on fraudulent activity against the federal or state government, ensure that you obtain legal advice from one of our whistleblower attorneys. We will advise you on the process involved and ensure that we are there to represent you every step of the way.

For more information and advice on whistle blowing laws and protection for whistle blowers in Virginia, contact us via email or telephone at Schleifman Law today.