A whistleblower employee stands to gain $65,000 plus her attorney's fees and costs for the qui tam action she filed against her employer was settled by the United States Attorney's Office. This represents 20 percent of the recovery in her case. It might have been a larger recovery if she were in Minnesota, where whistleblowers can receive a larger percentage from this type of case.
Reporting illegal activity within the workplace in Minnesota and across the United States may seem like the honorable thing to do as an employee, but unfortunately it does not always lead to expressions of gratitude from higher-ups. In fact, in some cases, it has caused retaliation by those in charge, leading to eventual termination. When employee rights are violated in this way, state and federal laws play a powerful role in providing protection.
Even as the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nears in a few years, it is clear that employees facing race and employment discrimination still must fight to protect their rights and prevent future harm. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission continues to settle cases dealing with discrimination, including one in 2011 with a Minnesota roofing company that agreed to pay a settlement and revise its procedures for handling discrimination complaints.
Employees in Minneapolis may find themselves in a position where they discover fraudulent activity by their employer. In this case, they may not know if there is anything they are able to do to prevent this from happening. It is important for them to know that there is and it is covered under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act.