Whistleblowers are people who come forward to disclose evidence they have of wrongdoing. Whistleblowers play a critical role in letting the government and the public know:
- that a law has been broken
- that a rule or regulation has been violated
- that a government contractor has cheated on a contract or misused government funds
- that a company is lying about its financial situation or cheating on its taxes
- that a company has created a danger to public health and safety
- and much more.
Whistleblowers are people who can’t stay silent about this wrongdoing.
Whistleblower reward laws offer whistleblowers the chance to share in any funds recovered as a result of a government investigation or lawsuit. To make a claim as a whistleblower under these reward programs, the wrongdoing must be of a certain type and the disclosure to authorities must be accomplished in a specific manner.