Minneapolis Whistleblower & Retaliation Attorneys
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Generally, employers cannot retaliate against an employee for engaging in protected conduct like “blowing the whistle” on actual or suspected illegal behavior. Under federal and state laws, protected conduct includes complaints of discrimination or harassment, as well as violations of free speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Nichols Kaster PLLP is proudly committed to advocating on behalf of workers who have been retaliated against by their employers for engaging in protected conduct or “blowing the whistle.”
What Is a Whistleblower?
A "whistleblower" is an employee who reports actual or suspected illegal conduct. When an employee engages in protected whistleblower conduct, they have certain protections under the law that make it illegal for the employer to take adverse employment actions against them, such as unwarranted discipline or wrongful termination.
Types of Whistleblower Cases We Take On
There are many state and federal laws that protect employees who “blow the whistle” on illegal activity. Whistleblower laws like the OSH Act, Whistleblower Protection Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Act, and False Claims Act are intended to incentivize and encourage people to report illegal activity and corruption they observe at work to government agencies. There are many types of whistleblower laws, and these laws vary in their details and procedures, so consulting with an experienced whistleblower attorney is crucial if you think you may have been retaliated against for reporting actual or suspected illegal activity.
We regularly handle the following Whistleblower and Retaliation cases:
Our whistleblower attorneys in Minneapolis and San Francisco have a deep understanding of employment laws and can assist you in assessing the viability of a qui tam action or protecting your rights as a whistleblower. We are committed to fighting for justice and holding wrongdoers accountable.
Contact our whistleblower lawyers in Minneapolis, MN, for a confidential consultation to discuss your situation and learn how we can assist you in protecting your rights and seeking appropriate remedies.
What Are Qui Tam Actions?
Qui tam actions are legal actions brought by a private individual, known as a relator, on behalf of the government to expose fraud or misconduct and recover damages. These actions typically involve cases of government contract fraud, healthcare fraud, or other types of fraudulent activities where the government is being defrauded.
In Minnesota, qui tam actions are governed by the Minnesota False Claims Act (MFCA), which allows private individuals to file lawsuits on behalf of the state government and potentially receive a portion of any recovered damages as a reward.
A whistleblower, on the other hand, is an individual who exposes illegal or unethical behavior within an organization. Whistleblowers can report various types of wrongdoing, such as fraud, safety violations, discrimination, or other illegal activities. Whistleblowers can come forward internally within their organization or report their concerns to external entities, such as government agencies or law enforcement.
What Is The Difference Between a Whistleblower and a Qui Tam?
The key difference between a whistleblower and a qui tam action is that a whistleblower typically reports the wrongdoing to the appropriate authorities, while a qui tam action involves filing a lawsuit on behalf of the government.
If you are considering pursuing a qui tam action or have blown the whistle on misconduct in Minneapolis or San Francisco, our experienced whistleblower lawyers at Nichols Kaster PLLP can provide you with the legal guidance and representation you need. With years of experience serving clients in Minneapolis and San Francisco, we are well-versed in whistleblower protection laws and can help you navigate the complexities of your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Highly Skilled Whistleblower & Retaliation Lawyers in Minneapolis
At Nichols Kaster, PLLP, our attorneys are zealous advocates who are committed to fighting for the justice our clients deserve. We believe that our firm’s skill and professionalism are just as important as our ability to connect on a personal level with clients of all backgrounds across a broad range of industries. Our dedicated staff has unparalleled dedication to our clients, and together with our esteemed attorneys, they work tirelessly to advance your rights as an employee.
For a free case consultation with Nichols Kaster, PLLP, please call (877) 344-4628 or contact us online.
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