The key to a successful whistleblower action is convincing the government to join the case. For this reason, whistleblowers are strongly encouraged to seek out an attorney to assist them in bringing a claim. Attorneys can gather the most relevant information, create a persuasive narrative of the activity causing injury to the government and citizens, submit information to the correct agencies, and communicate with government attorneys. In addition, some agencies can only guarantee anonymity to the whistleblower if he or she has an attorney.
Retaliation is an all-too-common result of whistleblowing, despite numerous laws designed to prevent it. Pelton Graham are experienced retaliation lawyers and will fight to protect your rights if you do make a claim.
When and what to report—and to whom—are primary considerations for employees looking for protection against retaliation after reporting potential wrongdoing at their company. Whistleblower laws are a state and federal patchwork, some dating back to the Civil War era, and solid legal advice is needed to determine the most favorable path through the maze.
If you are concerned about a situation you are aware of, you should act promptly to seek advice, both in order to take the burden off of your shoulders and because whistleblower laws have limitations periods which could act to bar your claim.