It takes a considerable amount of courage to speak up when you see your employer committing illegal activities. While your decision to say something benefits many, there is a chance that your employer will retaliate if they discover what you did. There are laws to protect you from such retaliation, but sometimes employers will ignore those laws or attempt to retaliate indirectly so it appears that the company’s actions are unrelated to the actions of the whistleblower. However the retaliation comes about, it can put you in a very difficult situation.
At Davis Levin Livingston, we use our training and experience to help protect whistleblowers from the bad actions of their employer. If you feel like you are the victim of retaliation for blowing the whistle on your employer, you deserve to have an advocate on your side to stand up for your rights. Our firm is here to listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you understand what your legal options are moving forward.
Contact Davis Levin Livingston online or by phone at (808) 740-0633 for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced Hawaii whistleblower attorney. We serve clients in Honolulu and beyond.
Whistleblowing Is a Public Service
Illegal and fraudulent activity can occur in all types of industries, including the financial sector, healthcare, and government. When you speak up about the fraud or other illegal activity you see going on, you are doing those around you—and society—a huge favor. Illegal activities, like fraud, hurt individuals, organizations, and the public on many different levels, which is why there are so many laws in place to encourage whistleblowing.
Federal, state, and city laws exist to help whistleblowers speak up and to protect them from retaliation after they report illegal activity. By saying something about the illegal activity, you are helping to minimize the damage caused by these activities. You are performing a public service, and at potentially great risk to yourself, which is why it is important that you know your rights
Protection from Whistleblower Retaliation
No matter how many laws are in place to discourage retaliation, some businesses and employers will still attempt to retaliate against you for speaking up. By working with an experienced whistleblower attorney in Hawaii, you can ensure that the legal system works for you and that you are able to take advantage of all the protections currently in place. If you are considering reporting fraudulent activity, it is worth your time to speak to a qualified attorney to help guide you through the process.
If you have already reported illegal activity and are now suffering retaliation by your employer, it is important that you contact a whistleblower attorney immediately. The attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston can build a strong case on your behalf to put a stop to the actions of your employer and to get you compensation for what has been done to you.
Financial Incentives for Whistleblowing
There are a number of laws on both the state and federal level that make it possible for you to collect financial rewards for whistleblowing. Laws like the SEC Whistleblower Act and the False Claims act attempt to encourage whistleblowing through financial incentives. It may be possible to collect up to 30 percent of the amount recovered by the government from the company committing fraud.
Along with protecting you from retaliation, our firm can help you understand what financial incentives may be available to you should you choose to blow the whistle on your employer.
Types of Whistleblower Cases
Davis Levin Livingston can assist you with all types of whistleblowing cases, including:
- IRS whistleblowing – cases involving tax fraud
- SEC whistleblowing – cases involving SEC regulation violations
- Qui Tam lawsuits – cases involving fraud against federal or state government, such as fraud by government contractors, or Medicare fraud
Trust a Firm with a History of Success
Davis Levin Livingston has been at the forefront of litigation aimed at protecting those courageous individuals who report government wrongdoing and are penalized for speaking out. The firm has made a commitment in and out of the courtroom to these individuals to ensure that individual rights to speak out against private and public wrongdoing are preserved.
Stan Levin and Michael Livingston were successful in suing the State of Hawaii for its wrongful termination of Dr. Terry Allen, a physician at the State of Hawaii prison who protested the improper medical treatment of Hawaii prisoners. Messrs. Levin and Livingston won a hard-fought court victory which was recently upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Davis Levin Livingston remains committed to representing civic-minded individuals whose courageous actions in leading the fight against illegality by public and private employers help preserve both our individual freedoms and government funding.