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What steps are needed to file a whistleblower lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2022 | Employment Law

There may be times when an employee of a Rhode Island company serves as a whistleblower after gaining firsthand knowledge of fraudulent activity. In this situation, it’s important to know how to file a whistleblower lawsuit.

Confirm that a false claim was made

You can only have a legitimate whistleblower claim when it’s confirmed that a false claim was made with the intention of defrauding the government. For example, a company could be guilty of this through the submission of a fake invoice to receive money. This must be factual and not merely opinion.

Gather evidence

If you are able to do so, gather as much evidence as possible. Any documentation that proves that a company has committed a crime can help back up your claims. At the same time, it’s important to be careful as to not break any laws or violate any contracts you have with your employer.

File your whistleblower lawsuit

When you have confirmed that the company made a false claim with intent and fraudulent purpose and you have all the evidence you need, you can file your whistleblower lawsuit. An investigation could then be performed by the government within 60 days to verify your claims. Once that is complete, the government can then serve the complaint to the business. An investigation might take several months to several years depending on the complexities of the case.

Volunteer to help

You can volunteer to help with the investigation. It could help to strengthen the case and bring things one step closer to a resolution. If your whistleblower lawsuit is successful, you can later receive a satisfactory reward.

Whistleblower cases are often complex. If you have factual evidence that your employer has made false claims, you have a right to file a lawsuit.