Being a whistleblower is a courageous act, as these employees often risk their livelihood, reputation and sanity to expose actions by their employers to defraud the federal government. Because of these risks, zealous employees may not be willing to ferret out the truth about their employers. Nevertheless, under the federal False Claims Act, there are a number of protections that apply to employees.
Essentially, employers are prohibited from taking any action against an employee who participates (or initiates) a Federal False Claims Act case. This means that employer may not retaliate by suspending, demoting, reassigning or terminating an employee on the basis of his or her actions in a potential FCA case. To prevail in a retaliation claim, an aggrieved employee must prove the following: