Advice for Employees: Potential Whistleblowers

  1. Collect evidence: Government agencies want whistleblowers with concrete information or analysis that is original and thorough. The more help you can give the government in understanding the nature of the fraud, the more likely they will choose to launch an investigation and institute legal action that could ultimately yield a recovery. Evidence consists of memos, records, communications, and recordings of discussions of the fraud. However, the government is not permitted to consider information that is obtained illegally.
  2. Consider Pros and Cons of Internal Reporting: Certain whistleblower programs encourage employees to first pursue internal whistleblowing mechanisms, but courts disagree as to whether individuals who reports to internal authorities should receive protection from retaliation. Companies may be genuinely interested in affirming a culture of compliance, but all too often whistleblowers are seen as “troublemakers” and terminated on various pretexts. Before contacting internal authorities, discuss your claim and your company’s procedures with an attorney.
  3. Contact an attorney: Whistleblowers must have attorneys to file certain types of whistleblower complaints, particularly if they wish to file anonymously. An attorney can help you pick out the most important information that will convince the government that your case is worth the time to investigate and will yield a sizeable recovery. The attorneys of Pelton & Associates will gladly hold a free consultation with you today regarding any whistleblowing concerns.