Whistleblower Lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio
If you have seen your employer break the law or do the wrong thing, you may be struggling with what to do next. Reporting your employer to authorities can carry with it the risk that you might face retaliation from your employer. If you report what you believe to be illegal acts, but lose your case, you run the risk of losing your job and could also face retaliation from your employer. However, if you have witnessed wrongdoing, failing to report the situation could also carry its own consequences and risks. If you have seen your employer break the law, the Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek, III is a whistleblower lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio who may be able to help you with your whistleblower case or qui tam case.
Whistleblowers are entitled to protection under the law. The Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek, III are whistleblower lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio who can protect your rights and help you understand certain benefits you may be entitled to receive from the government should you pursue a whistleblower or qui tam case. Contact the Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek, III today to learn more about your options and rights.
Types of Whistleblower Cases
There are several types of whistleblower cases that the whistleblower lawyers at the Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek, III can assist you with. What are some types of whistleblowing cases? Here are a few:
- Qui tam. Qui tam or false claims act cases can be brought forth if you witness your employer making false Medicare or Medicaid claims or other types of waste or fraud misuse of federal government funds. If you witness a company performing illegal actions or making false claims to the government, you may be entitled to file a qui tam case, and may be entitled to receive a reward. However, qui tam cases can be very complex and if you do not take steps to protect yourself as a whistleblower, you could face retaliation or legal difficulties yourself.
- Dodd-Frank Act/SEC Whistleblower/Sarbanes-Oxley Act. If you see that your employer is making false statements to the public or withholding information from shareholders, you may be able to pursue a whistleblower case against your employer under the Dodd-Frank Actor the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. If you work in the financial services industry, and witness fraudulent or illegal practices, you may be able to file a whistleblower case.
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. If a publicly-traded company bribes foreign officials or governments to its benefit, and you have information that permits the prosecution of this crime, you may be protected under U.S. whistleblower laws.
- Aviation Safety Violations. If you become aware your employer has violated FAA regulations or failed to provide true information during an NTSB investigation and you have reported these concerns to your employer and then suffer a job loss, demotion or other form of retaliation, you may have whistleblower protection under a special law applicable to the aviation industry whether it is commercial, charter or private aircraft.
- IRS Whistleblowing. If you witness the violation of U.S. tax laws and have original information to provide the IRS, you may be entitled to receive a reward for providing original information to the IRS.
If you witness a violation of U.S. laws from a company, you may have the right to collect a significant reward for reporting these violations to the government or for pursuing a whistleblower case. The Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek, III are whistleblower lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio, who may be able to assist you with protecting yourself from retaliation, protecting your rights, and pursuing a case against those who have violated the law.
Rewards for Whistleblowers
If you present a strong case with strong information to the government about wrongdoing and violations, you may be entitled to a portion of the amount of money the government can recover. For example, for a strong case presented with strong evidence, you may be able to collect anywhere between 15% to 25% of the amount of money the government recovers based on the case. Having a strong case is important, because first, it protects you from retaliation by your employer. Secondly, having a strong case is important because, the stronger case you present with strong evidence, the better your reward for whistleblowing might be, and the greater the likelihood might be that you’ll be able to collect a reward.
The Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek, III are whistleblower lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio who can assist you with the range of concerns that can arise if you believe you have a whistleblower case and if you believe you have witnessed wrongdoing or fraudulent acts either in Medicaid, Medicare, or due to violations of the SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley or Dodd-Frank Act. We can help you understand your rights regarding retaliation from your employer and protect you from retaliation by helping you build a strong case. We can furthermore gather evidence, and build a strong case so that the government can better recover lost funds, therefore making it more likely that you’ll be able to possibly recover a reward. Contact the Law Offices of F. Benjamin Riek, III, whistleblower lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio today.