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Federal Whistleblower Attorneys

Protecting Whistleblowers from Retaliation and Rewarding Them for their Courage

Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA)

In 1989, the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) was enacted to shield federal employees acting as whistleblowers from retaliation for exposing governmental waste, illegality, and corruption. This law aims to prevent repercussions against whistleblowers who apply for federal jobs or fallout such as pay cuts, demotions, or replacement of whistleblower employees who serve in any capacity of the federal government. A whistleblower is someone who discloses information about corrupt government activities following due lawful process. They expose activities such as endangerment of public health and safety, violations of laws or regulations prevailing in the workplace, abuse of authority, mismanagement of funds or resources meant for general use and other forms of misconduct like research-related censorship.

The WPA prohibits certain federal employees from taking action against colleagues or employment applicants who receive whistleblower protection under 5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(8). This provision shields them from adverse actions like being transferred to inconvenient locations or losing job assignments necessary for effective work performance.

Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA)

The fortified Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) was established in 2012 to strengthen protections for federal whistleblowers. The amended WPEA legislation outlines multiple forms where a whistleblower cannot lose their right to retaliation protection if they take particular forms when reporting illegal activity;

– Disclosures made known to somebody complicit in the reported wrongdoings
– Reported wrongs were shared previously
– Questionable motives exist on the part of a whistleblower
– Disclosure occurred while the employee was not on duty.
– Disclosure occurred while an employee was performing their duties unless it can be demonstrated that personnel action resulted because of that disclosure
– Too much time has elapsed since the occurrence leading up to reported events

Moreover, the WPEA increased penalties for those who violate federal whistleblower protections and created the position of Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman, which educates federal employees about the law’s protection.

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
2024-03-21
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
2024-03-18
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
2024-03-18
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
2024-03-15
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko Beauty
Taïko Beauty
2024-03-15
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
2024-03-12
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
2024-03-12
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
2024-02-28
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
2024-02-24
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.

Pilot Program to Protect Federal Contractors under NDAA

In 2013, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) started a pilot program to prevent employees of federal contractors from being demoted or discriminated against because they disclosed information protected by whistleblower laws. This protects whistleblowers among subcontractors, grantees or subgrantees from possible malicious retaliation when engaging in such actions. In 2016, U.S. Congress amended this Act to make these protections lasting.

Whistleblower Ombudsman

Based on the 2012 WPEA legislation, a Whistleblower Ombudsman was appointed to educate federal employees about their rights related to protecting disclosures as covered by The Act. Employees are warned that retaliatory measures with adverse effects are illegal and advised of their options if retaliation occurs.

Characteristics of a Good Whistleblower Case

Whistleblowers can file claims based on sound evidence relating to misconduct or fraud carried out by government departments – what constitutes a “good” case? The strongest whistleblower cases are grounded in solid documentation proving serious governmental misconduct or government fraud. Good cases can also be made for whistleblowers who have experienced forms of retaliation after participating in a protected whistleblower activity.

Whistleblower rewards typically float around defrauding large government initiatives where billions of dollars may be at stake. Generally speaking, major false claim suits tend to revolve around issues such as healthcare fraud, Medicaid fraud or billing fraud tied up with federally funded contracts programs amongst others.

Financial Incentives Earned Through Rewards

If you file and win a valid federal whistleblower lawsuit involving fraud against the government, you could receive up to 30% of the total amount recovered by the system attacked by whistleblowers. These rewards can be quite lucrative; in the case of recovering $100 million, you could receive up to $30 million as a reward. Government fraud whistleblowers have received over $2.2 billion in rewards to date.

An experienced federal whistleblower lawyer is well-equipped to determine if your submission qualifies for a reward. Your lawyers will guide you through an array of required steps before submitting your valid claim, including compliance with several legal procedures like filing lawsuits under seal and serving the U.S attorney general while keeping evidence confidential access limited to authorized personnel such as attorneys.

Employer Retaliation Protection

The False Claims Act (FCA) has strict anti-retaliation measures for whistleblowers rightfully exposing federally protected information regarding misconduct or government fraud. If this evolves into actionable discrimination such as job reassignment or termination, aggrieved parties may take personal action by initiating a lawsuit claiming recompense for damages incurred during retaliation of the whistleblower. Some possible recourses which are often granted include recovery of jobs, double amounts matching lost wages, reimbursement of costs relating to litigation and fees accrued from bringing lawsuits, compensation arising from mental and emotional pain suffered during the ordeal and payment for hurt caused on one’s reputation.

Effective engagement with issues regarding Whistleblower rights cases can be complicated due to their often-times sensitive legal nature requiring specialized knowledge in conducting such proceedings – so contacting experienced federal whistleblower attorneys is strongly recommended if you believe your rights have been impugned, or any retaliatory practices have been initiated against you based on disclosure-related activity that you took part in boldly carrying out the law’s mandates.

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