Miami attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey understands that when an employee believes his or her employer is committing fraud against the government, it can seem like an impossible task for the employee to handle on his or her own. Hickey Law Firm, P.A. upholds the rights of employees in whistleblower cases.
A whistleblower is someone who works for a company that is defrauding the government and informs the proper authorities of such fraud.
Oftentimes, whistleblowers will face unlawful discrimination and workplace retaliation from their employers for such actions. However, they can receive compensation from the government for their help in the case. Our attorneys can also help you get payment for any lost wages that occurred during the whistleblower case. For a free consultation, please call Hickey Law Firm, P.A. at 305-371-8000 today.
Our Experience with Whistleblower Cases
Our firm has experience helping individuals pursue whistleblower cases against their employers. This work includes representing Dulce M. Ramirez-Damon in a lawsuit against ATI Career Training Center, a private and for-profit career college with multiple campuses in Florida and Texas, which gained national attention.
As a former Assistant Director of Education at the Fort Lauderdale campus of ATI, Ramirez-Damon witnessed how ATI augmented and counterfeited records of ineligible students to make them eligible for federal aid programs. But many students never saw the benefits of these grants. ATI received this money directly from the government, even for students who did not return to campus after the first week of classes. These unlawful practices also led to many ATI students accruing massive amounts of debt without the assistance of their promised federal student aid.
The Miami Herald quoted our Miami injury lawyer John H. (Jack) Hickey in an article on this case: “It was a real bad deal for everybody, except for the people at the top making money. It was bad deal for the students because they didn’t get a useful education. It was a bad deal for the U.S. government and the American taxpayers, who really got ripped off.”
Why File a Whistleblower Case
When a company commits fraud against the government, whether it is in the form of false, exaggerated, or counterfeit paperwork or other false practices, this is something a whistleblower may want to report. A whistleblower must be an employee or previous employee of this fraudulent company and have specific evidence of the crime.
Whistleblower cases are filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) which provides that the person that draws the government's attention to the crime may receive between 15% and 25% of the recovery. It also helps protect the whistleblower from the loss of their job and can get them lost earnings if they were fired during the process.
Contact Us for Help with Your Whistleblower Case
Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. If there is no recovery, our client does not owe us anything. We only receive payment if there is a recovery. This means that there are no financial risks if you would like to learn about your legal options to file a whistleblower lawsuit.
Please contact our Miami attorneys at the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. today for help. We can be reached online or by phone at 305-371-8000.