Fraud refers to any wrongful or criminal deception with the goal of financial or personal gain. The federal and state governments encourage employees to report fraud, embezzlement, wasted resources, and other unlawful acts that employers commit. There are several laws in place to protect employees who report fraud from retaliation. The law refers to these employees as “whistleblowers.” Whistleblower retaliation in the form of wrongful termination is illegal and can come with serious legal and criminal consequences for your employer.
Talk to the wrongful termination attorneys in Los Angeles at The Law Office of Omid Nosrati if you believe you have this type of claim. We can use our extensive knowledge of employment law to get to the bottom of your injustice, and to secure compensation for your damages. Our team has a combined experience of over 20 years in handling wrongful termination claims and can help you get compensation for emotional distress, receive back pay, and recover for other economic and non-economic losses.
There are many federal and state laws protecting those who report fraud to the government. The law permits and even urges the reporting of consumer fraud, tax fraud, identity fraud, insurance fraud, health care fraud, internet fraud, securities fraud, and other criminal/general fraud. In exchange for reporting employer fraud, the government provides legal protections from retaliation. One such protection prevents wrongful termination as retaliation for reporting fraud.
If you reported your employer for any form of fraud, or if you refused to participate in an act of fraud or other criminal activity, and then received notice of termination, it is worthwhile to talk to our attorneys. There is a good chance that you are the victim of wrongful termination. If you file a wrongful termination claim against your employer, it will be up to him or her to prove that the firing occurred because of reasons independent from whistleblowing. This will require proving that he or she had a legitimate reason for letting you go, such as failure to fulfill your job duties. The ultimate burden of proof is for the employee.
In the event that the courts rule in your favor in a wrongful termination claim for reporting fraud, your employer could be liable for reimbursing you for damages relating to the termination. These can include lost wages, back pay, lost promotions or job opportunities, emotional distress damages, and punitive damages if your employer’s actions were particularly malicious or egregious. . Your employer could face penalties for the act of fraud in question as well as being liable for your damages.
In most cases, you are protected from retaliation whether there was actually an illegal business practice or if you had a reasonable good faith belief that unlawful business activity was occurring. These cases can be very complicated and difficult to navigate on your own. Speaking with a knowledgeable employment law attorney can give you the support you need. If you feel you were wrongfully terminated, talk to one of our attorneys as soon as you can after losing your job in Los Angeles. Swift legal action to protect your rights can help you move on with your life and your career. Call (310) 553-5630 or contact us for a free consultation with our Los Angeles Employment Lawyers about reporting fraud and losing your job.