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exposure of fraud and abuse by an employee. The federal law that legitimated the concept of the whistle-blower, the False Claims Act (1863, revised 1986), was created to combat fraud by suppliers to the federal government during the Civil War. Under the act, whistle-blowers can receive a percentage of the money recovered or damages won by the government in fraud cases they expose. The act also protects whistle-blowers from wrongful dismissal, allowing for reinstatement with seniority, double back pay, interest on back pay, compensation for discriminatory treatment, and reasonable legal fees. Federal legislation in 1978 barred reprisals against those who exposed government corruption. Harassment and dismissal of and the revelation of widespread waste and fraud in defense contracting led Congress to strengthen the position of whistle-blowers in 1989. Many states also have employment laws that deal with discriminatory treatment of whistle-blowers.
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The whistle-blower said the find "proves that I am right".
The panel also did not uphold a dignity at work allegation made by the whistle-blower of preferential treatment by Dr Manghan.
Whistle-blower Nelson Castro, a former collections analyst at the hospital, said he learned of the billing practice when a Canadian patient called to settle an emergency room bill for thousands of dollars.
Thomas, who represents dozens of whistle-blowers reporting fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission, said his original inspiration came as he slowly realized how many people in corporate America knew about wrongdoing.
Whistle-blowers claimed hundreds of students could have been awarded qualifications they did not know they had or which they had not actually achieved.
ZURICH: FIFA is to interview a whistle-blower from Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid over allegations that bribes were paid to African voters, Sepp Blatter said Thursday.
Your whistle-blower award won't be worth millions, but you'll have something highly valuable--a long career and the satisfaction of doing what's right.
Some of those are now filing whistle-blower lawsuits that can start criminal investigations.
Soderbergh was nominated for an Academy Award for another whistle-blower flick, "Erin Brockovich" starring Julia Roberts, in 2000, the same year he won an Oscar for "TrafficEoe1/4A[yen].
We're looking at specific whistle-blower rules, and it's really up in the air whether that's a DFSA rule or a labour law rule, that's what we're trying to figure out.
Kohn said dysfunctional companies and government agencies tend to experience a larger number of whistle-blower lawsuits.
filed a False Claims Act suit, which allows a private person to file a whistle-blower suit on behalf of government.