What exactly is a woman whistleblower?

A badass woman – usually an employee — who exposes fraud or wrongdoing by reporting it to the proper authorities.

What are some common whistleblower claims?

A common whistleblower claim is healthcare, or more specifically, healthcare fraud. Fraud, greed, and wrongdoing by pharmaceutical companies, hospital systems, and medical device manufacturers disproportionately affect women. As if male bias in medical trials wasn’t enough, women have to worry about harmful birth control devices along with targeted drugs featuring minimized risks and exaggerated benefits.

Another common claim is financial fraud, particularly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This program began in 2020 to help small businesses that were struggling during the pandemic. A recent report found that 15% of PPP loans could be fraudulent. Much of the blame is placed on financial technology firms known as “fintechs,” which focus on digital lending. But a lot of the fraudulent loans were also claimed by big businesses and corporations. As if fraud wasn’t egregious enough, taking advantage of the pandemic takes it to a whole new level.

How do I make a whistleblower claim?

It goes without saying, but first confirm that you have a claim. Collect all evidence and information. Avoid going through internal reporting channels. Talk to a whistleblower attorney. (We can recommend one.) File the complaint under seal, and offer to help with the investigation. Then comes the hard part: patience. It can be a long process (we’re talking years in some cases), but depending on the claim, you might reap a reward.

What is the False Claims Act?

This is the first whistleblower law in the U.S. and one of the strongest whistleblower laws in the country. It allows private citizens to report fraud or misconduct against the government and rewards them for doing so.

What is a qui tam lawsuit?

Qui tam is a provision of the False Claims Act – the part that allows whistleblowers to receive a percentage of government funds recovered.

Can whistleblowers remain anonymous?

Frankly, it depends on the claim and who it’s against. Anonymity does prevent retaliation. There are U.S. laws and federal agencies that offer protections and help ensure confidentiality.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to be a whistleblower?

No. You may even be eligible to receive a reward in a successful case.

What are some example areas of fraud?

• Healthcare Fraud
• Pharmaceutical Fraud
• Medicare & Medicaid Fraud
• Military & Defense Contractor Fraud
• SEC & Financial Fraud
• CARES Act & PPP Loan Fraud
• Housing & Mortgage Fraud
• For-Profit Prison System Fraud
• Environmental Whistleblowers
• Insurance Fraud

What are the possible repercussions for being a whistleblower?

Being a whistleblower isn’t something to treat lightly. There are professional and personal risks, with the main one being retaliation, which of course comes in many forms. It is important to keep records, keep calm, and be prepared. If you’ve already experienced retaliation or unfair treatment, with the help of a whistleblower attorney, you can pursue a lawsuit for financial damages, including double back pay and punitive damages.

What protections exist for whistleblowers?

In addition to the False Claims Act, there are other federal laws that offer protection. Each state offers different laws as well. But know that you aren’t the first, and you won’t be the last. Who knows, maybe you’ll be featured on our website someday!