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A whistleblower is a person who raises concern about a wrongdoing or a disloyal practice that is occurring in an organization, company or body of people, usually this person would be from that same organization. The presented misconduct may be classified in many ways such as a violation of a rule, law or regulation. The misconduct is typically a direct threat to public interest and society in general such as a health or safety violation, fraud or corruption of an organization. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (to officials within the accused body) or externally (to whistleblower organizations, regulators or law enforcement agencies). Sometimes whistleblowers even go directly to the media or to groups concerned with the issues.

The term whistleblower originates from the practice of English policemen (also called bobbies), who would sound their whistles when they noticed that a crime was occurring. The whistle would alert other officials and the general public of danger.

Most whistleblowers are internal whistleblowers, who report violations or misconduct to fellow employees within their company. One of the more intriguing questions in regards to internal whistleblowers is why and under what circumstances people will act to stop illegal or otherwise unacceptable behavior and report it. Many companies and organizations have created complaint systems that make it much easier for unacceptable behavior to be reported. The complaint systems often offer complete confidentiality to whistleblowers.

External whistleblowers, on the other hand, report misconduct to outside persons or organizations set up to handle whistleblower cases. In these cases, depending on the information's severity and nature, whistleblowers may report the misconduct to lawyers, the media or other local, state or federal agencies. Under most state and federal laws, the whistleblower is granted compensation for his or hers right doing. 

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Each year, the government loses billions of dollars due to fraud and misconduct of companies and organizations. If you or someone you know has reason to believe that employer or government misconduct is present you may have legal options for compensation. In recent years, whistleblower litigation has helped save billions of government US dollars.

Those who witness these illegal actions have legal options and may seek compensation through litigation. Filing a claim against the entity responsible may result in compensation for the whistleblower that can be up to 25 percent of the government recovery. Billions have been rewarded to whistleblowers!

Whistleblower and false claims lawyers understand that their clients may be overwhelmed by the case and even too stressed to deal with the details of filing a lawsuit or attending trial. For this reason, whistleblower lawyers handle every aspect of the case. Call today to confidentially speak to an attorney.