While whistleblowers sometimes get a bad rap as “snitches,”the opposite in fact is true. By revealing their employers’ illegal actions, whistleblowers help society in ways that only whistleblowers can. If you have any doubts about whether you should blow the whistle on your employer’s illegal actions, contact the whistleblower attorneys at Willoughby Brod today to learn more about the ways in which whistleblowers help society and the ways in which you can contribute to that cause.
- Whistleblowers help citizens save money.
From 1986-2016, recoveries made from whistleblower cases under the False Claims Act alone totaled over $28 billion. That is $28 billion that could have ended up in the hands of fraudsters rather than back in citizens’ pockets. By blowing the whistle on fraudulent acts, whistleblowers not only protect those who are directly harmed by the fraud but also send a message to fraudsters that the actions they wish to engage in are unacceptable and will not go undetected.
- Whistleblowers can provide an insider’s view.
Transparency in large companies can sometimes feel more like a luxury than a right. Companies reveal to the public what they want the public to see, and oftentimes companies will only reveal the best aspects of their company and not the struggles they face behind the scenes. Whistleblowers can provide an insider’s view into company operations behind closed doors that can help citizens make the best decisions regarding how closely they want to associate themselves with the company.
- Whistleblowers provide a voice for society.
Even when citizens suspect illegal conduct at a company, it can be difficult for them to provide any hard evidence supporting their claim. Whistleblowers, however, who have an “in” at the company, can help provide a voice for citizens who do not have the necessary resources to speak up for what they believe to be just. Citizens who believe in fighting for justice tend to be particularly supportive of whistleblowers because whistleblowers provide a voice through which they are able to vocalize their concerns.
- Whistleblowers can provide better future employment opportunities for citizens.
By blowing the whistle on their employer, whistleblowers communicate to employers that they need to be accountable for their own actions and can not simply get away with roping their employees into their illegal conduct without repercussions. By continually communicating this message to employers, whistleblowers can deter employers not only from engaging in illegal conduct in the future but also from treating their future employees in a way that jeopardizes their moral code.
Contact a California Whistleblower Attorney Today
If you believe your employer is acting fraudulently in violation of the FCA or the CFCA but are not sure whether you should blow the whistle, contact the whistleblower attorneys at Willoughby Brod today to learn more about your options. Remember that you are the best resource for combating fraud and protecting your fellow citizens. Contact us today at (800) 427-7020 or visit us online to schedule your confidential and free consultation.
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