Whistleblower Lawyers in Houston
Qui Tam Attorneys Protecting Whistleblowers In Texas & Nationwide
Discovering that your employer has engaged in illegal activities places you in an extremely uncomfortable position. Blowing the whistle on your company or colleagues may be a difficult decision, but it is the right one. Whether you have already reported the crime or are thinking of doing so, it is important to remember that there are laws in place which safeguard you from employee retaliation.
Our Houston whistleblower attorneys are here to help. Contact us today to get started.
Legal Protections in Place for Whistleblowers
Most recently, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act were enacted. These laws protect employees who report fraudulent activities, regulatory violations, or securities violations of a company that is subject to SEC regulations. In addition, the Federal Civil False Claims Act contains a qui tam provision that allows an individual to bring a legal action against any party who attempts to defraud the federal government. Whistleblowers may also be entitled to a significant monetary reward for reporting illegal activity.
Common Whistleblower Cases
Whistleblowing can involve a wide range of misconduct and fraud in the workplace, including but not limited to:
- Insurance fraud
- Accounting and tax fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Government contractor fraud
- Pharmaceutical fraud
- Securities or commodities fraud
Many whistleblower claims are complex issues and require extensive investigations. In some cases, the government may be involved in the prosecution of the case. Make sure you consult an experienced whistleblower attorney early on your case to help you better understand your case and guide you through the complexities.
Who can file a whistleblower claim?
Anyone can file a whistleblower claim if they have evidence of an organization's misconduct or fraud. You can be a current or former employee, or even non-employees can file a whistleblower claim if they witnessed fraudulent activity and have proof of the fraud.
Are whistleblowers anonymous?
This depends on the nature of the claim. In some cases you may be able to pursue a whistleblower claim and remain anonymous, while some cases may require that you reveal your identity. Your attorney can advise you on the level of confidentiality for your claim.
Are whistleblowers compensated?
Yes, whistleblowers are financially rewarded for exposing fraud or corruption within an organization. The award amount depends on the case and can range from 10-30% of the amount recovered.
Protecting Whistleblowers From Unfair Retaliation In The State Of Texas
If your employer has pressured you to commit or cover up a crime, or if you have been fired or retaliated against for reporting illegal activities, Kennard Law, P.C., can help. Facing your employer in a lawsuit can seem intimidating, whether you are employed at a small business or a large multinational company. Our whistleblower lawyers in Houston have a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of whistleblower laws and are tenacious in their prosecution of your case. Founding attorney Alfonso Kennard Jr. is both board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and will use this advanced training to create a legal strategy for your claim. Whatever your legal goals are when bringing a whistleblower lawsuit, we are dedicated to fighting for your rights, and applaud your brave and moral decision to do the right thing. We have offices in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Southern California, Rio Grande Valley, El Paso.
Call us at (855) 499-4514 to arrange a consultation with an experienced lawyer from our firm. Se habla español.
Board-Certified in Labor and Employment Law
Our founding attorney, Alfonso Kennard Jr. is board-certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
When you hire us, you work directly with your lawyer, who will spend time learning about your situation and goals. Your case will not be passed off to a paralegal.
We Used to Represent Large Companies; Now We Represent You
Having represented Fortune 500 companies in the past, this places us in a unique position to provide valuable insight when representing workers.
Dedicated to Protecting the Rights of Employees
We understand you have probably never faced a matter like this before. Our attorneys are dedicated to guiding and protecting you through this. You will always remain involved and informed as your case moves forward.
Cost-Effective and Accessible
For potential clients who would like to consult with us but are unable to come to our office, we are now offering phone and video consultations for your convenience.
At Kennard Law, P.C., client satisfaction is of utmost importance. You don't have to take our word for it. Read what past clients have to say here!