Effective Representation from Experienced Phoenix Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Holding employers across Arizona responsible for their unlawful actions
The laws of our country encourage individuals to speak out against unlawful actions by their employers. Whether the issue involves work safety violations, environmental wrongdoings or financial fraud, the federal government recognizes the value in protecting employees who choose to report such harmful actions. It is called whistleblowing, and federal laws prohibit employers from retaliating against these employees. In many of these situations, companies attempt to terminate the employment of the whistleblower in response to their reporting. This behavior is illegal, and knowledgeable Phoenix wrongful termination lawyers assist employees who are facing this difficult situation.
Honesty and integrity are extremely important values at Plattner Verderame, P.C. So, we are proud to represent clients who exemplify the same ethical beliefs. We know that loss of employment can have devastating effects on an individual, as well as his or her family. A lack of income can result in the loss of a family home, college funds or retirement savings. We understand the extreme difficulties that can result from a wrongful termination, and we work hard to hold employers accountable for their unlawful actions.
Fighting for the rights of whistleblowers
Many employers use job termination as a tactic for punishment or intimidation. They hope that, when faced with the prospect of losing their jobs, workers will choose to stay quiet instead of pursuing a whistleblower claim. In response to these employers, the federal government has instituted various laws and regulations to protect employees from wrongful termination as an act of retaliation. These laws specifically prohibit this type of employer action and also provide employees with the right to bring suit against the employer upon termination of employment.
Our experienced Phoenix whistleblower attorneys assist terminated employees with instituting wrongful termination claims. In these cases, we help employees pursue various remedies, including:
- The employer may be required to rehire the terminated employee within the same or similar position, at a comparable rate of pay.
- Reimbursement of lost wages. We may seek to have the employer repay the whistleblowing employee for wages lost during the period of employment termination.
- Punitive damages for legal violations. Under some circumstances, the employer may be required to pay punitive damages. These awards are essentially meant to punish the employer for the wrongful termination. A punitive award for violations of a whistleblower law amount may equal to triple the amount of the actual damages.
- Payment of the worker’s financial damages. The employer may also be ordered to pay the worker’s lawyers’ fees and court costs associated with bringing the wrongful termination case.
Honest attorneys demanding that honest employees be treated fairly
The False Claims Act is a federal law that authorizes whistleblower actions against government agencies. Also referred to as a qui tan claim, the legislation was enacted in 1863. Its original purpose was to monitor fraudulent activities related to government contracting. Since that time, this valuable legislation has been used to uncover such fraudulent actions as:
- Medicaid and Medicare fraud
- Health care scams
- Disaster relief schemes
- Defense contracting fraud
- Pharmaceutical payment schemes
- Energy industry scams
- Fraud within the financial sector
As the nation’s third largest state for federal government contractors, Arizona offers significant opportunities for fraud and whistleblower actions. Our knowledgeable attorneys have helped numerous employees pursue their claims while maintaining their employment with the company, should they choose to do so.
We understand what’s at stake in whistleblower cases, as well as with wrongful termination matters. These clients are often anxious about disclosing company information and worried about losing their jobs in the process. A successful False Claims Act may result in high-value penalties and substantial compensation for the employee. In some instances, wrongdoers may be ordered to pay three times the dollar value of the proven fraud.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
Talk to a Phoenix wrongful termination lawyer before reporting your employer
Wrongful termination and qui tam cases are extremely complex legal matters. If you were retaliated against by your employer, contact the skilled Phoenix wrongful termination lawyers of Plattner Verderame, P.C. Our attorneys believe that responsible parties should be held accountable for the harm they bring to honest employees. For a confidential discussion about the merits of your claim, call us today at 602-266-2002, or complete our contact form.
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