Whistleblower Protection and Claims
At the law firm of Robert B. Landry III PLC, in Baton Rouge, we represent individuals in both whistleblower protection and qui tam cases. Attorney Landry has extensive experience in a broad variety of employment law matters.
When you work with us in your whistleblower case, your information will be confidential, and we will protect your confidentiality. We understand the difficult position you are in.
To schedule a time to meet to discuss you potential claim, please complete our online contact form. Our offices are located in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, and we also serve clients in Lafayette and surrounding areas.
Did you know? You can receive a reward for coming forward with information. You are protected by law as a whistleblower. Talk to our attorney to learn how we can help you with your claim.
State and Federal Laws Protect Whistleblowers
As an “at-will” employment state, Louisiana allows employers to terminate an employee for any reason or for no reason without warning unless the employee is under contract or is a union member who is subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
State and federal laws provide for exceptions to this, however, including “whistleblower protection” for employees who file a complaint or testify against an employer that is violating state or federal laws, or an employee who refuses to participate in an illegal employment act.
Not only are employees protected from retaliation, but the federal False Claims Act also includes “qui tam” provisions that allow an individual to sue on behalf of the federal government any company that is violating federal law.
If the government is awarded damages in the lawsuit, the individual who brought the illegal activity to light may collect a significant portion of the settlement.
Environmental Whistleblower Protection
State laws specifically protect individuals from retaliation in areas that have a higher incidence of fraud and violations. These include health care, insurance and environmental statutes.
Louisiana’s environmental whistleblower statute protects workers from retaliation for disclosing or testifying against an employer for violations of environmental laws. Even if a company is found not to be in violation of environmental laws, an employee is still protected. The reasonable belief that a company is violating environmental laws is sufficient.
Contact Us to Learn More
Attorney Landry takes a proactive approach to protect his clients in whistleblower and qui tam cases. If you have knowledge of corporate wrongdoing and would like to learn more about how you are protected, call us to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer who makes your best interests his priority.