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Mississippi Qui Tam Lawyer Discusses The False Claims Act and Whistleblowers

Friday, September 29th, 2017

A whistleblower is a person who exposes his or her employer of engaging in conduct that is illegal or harmful to the public. Reporting the illegal conduct of one’s own employer can be frightening, and can have consequences. In order to encourage people to come forward when they have incriminating information about their employers, there are certain laws that protect whistleblowers. If a whistleblower is reporting fraudulent acts taken against the United States government, the False Claims Act can be used to both protect and reward the whistleblower.

What is the False Claims Act?

The False Claims Act, also referred to as “Lincoln’s Law,” has existed since 1863, when it was enacted to combat fraudulent acts committed against the Federal Government. The law allows an individual to sue on behalf of the government in what is called a “qui tam” action.

What types of violations are included under the False Claims Act?

The False Claims Act can be used to sue individuals who falsify records or make false statements in order to either get money paid to them from the government that they are not actually owed, or to avoid paying all or some of the money that they owe to the government. Additionally, if a person has temporary possession of something that is government property, and fails to return the property in its entirety, they can be sued under the False Claims Act. One of the most common areas in which people commit violations of the False Claims Act is in Medicare and Medicaid fraud. For example, healthcare facilities might bill Medicare for services that were never actually provided to the patient, or that were completely unnecessary.

What does the whistleblower get in return for filing the claim?

When a whistleblower files a “qui tam” action, he or she has the possibility to recover an award if the claim is successful. While the act originally allowed whistleblowers to collect 50% of the damages, it has since been reduced to between 15 and 30%. In some cases, whistleblowers are also protected from retaliation. The False Claims Act might require that an employee who was fired for their actions be reinstated, receive double back pay, and damages for the cost of litigating the claim, and attorney fees.

How does a “qui tam” action take place?

In a “qui tam” action, the individual reporting the violations files a suit against the violating party in Federal Court. When the suit is first filed, only the person filing the suit, referred to as the “relator,” and the government will know what the claim is about. It is then up to the government to decide whether or not to take over the claim. If the government does not take over the claim, then the relator may proceed with the case themselves. If the government does take over the claim and is successful, the relator will receive an award equal to 15-25% of what the government recovers. I the relator continues after the government chose not to intervene, then he or she can collect up to 30% of the award.

If you are in the position to report fraud on behalf on your employer, it is important that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney. There is a lot at stake in these cases, and an attorney can help you figure out the safest course of action to take given the circumstances that you are facing.  Contact Barrett Law PLLC today at (800) 707-9577 to learn more about how our seasoned Mississippi Qui Tam Lawyer can make a difference for you.

Mississippi Qui Tam Lawyer Discusses Environmental Whistleblowers

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Most federal environmental laws were enacted between the 1960’s and 1980’s, although statutes designed to protect the environment, including waterways and harbors have existed for much longer. It is important to remember that many of these laws are not just intended to protect wildlife, but are designed to protect people from being exposed to contaminated drinking water, dangerous chemicals, and polluted air. When companies violate environmental laws, they could be exposing us all too serious health hazards.

In many cases, a violation of an environmental protection law will only be discovered by an employee of the violating company. This is why the environmental statutes provide whistleblower protections to employees who report conduct that violates the law.

Federal Environmental Statutes

There are seven federal statutes that designed to protect the environment, and that provide whistleblower protections. These are:

  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). This law sometimes referred to as the “Superfund Law,” creates regulations for disposing of and removing hazardous waste.
  • The Energy Reorganization Act, which is concerned with safety issues related to nuclear
  • The Water Pollution Control Act (WPCA, often called the “Clean Water Act”), which regulates water pollutants, discharge into waterways and creates standards for water quality.
  • The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) set standards for drinking water quality and protects the public supply of drinking water.
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place restrictions on chemicals and to set testing, reporting and recordkeeping requirements for chemicals.
  • The Clean Air Act allows the EPA to regulate air emissions and set air quality standards in order to protect the public from hazardous air pollution.
  • The Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA) sets regulations for the disposal and handling of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.

When a Whistleblower is protected

Among other things, employees are protected when they report violations of the law to the EPA, report to a supervisor concerning the violation, report to a media outlet, or refuse to partake in the illegal activity. The protections apply to formal employees but can extend even to independent contractors.

If an employee reports a suspected violation but turns out to be mistaken, that employee can still be covered by whistleblower protections. This is because the laws are designed to encourage people to speak out, and not to make people feel as though they have to conduct their own investigation before reporting the violation.

It is possible to engage in activities that would not be considered protected. For instance, if an employee engaged in a violent encounter with his or her supervisor over the violation occurring, and subsequently loses his or her job, the protections might not apply.

What the laws protect against

Employees are protected from “adverse actions” that are taken in retaliation for their reporting of a violation. Thus if an employee is fired, demoted, receives a pay cut or is looked over for a promotion as a result of their reporting of the violation, they can file a complaint with OSHA.

Of course, the employee will have to show a causal relationship between the adverse action and the whistleblowing activity. It is obviously unlikely that an employee receives a letter stating that they are being terminated because they reported the company to the EPA though, so inferences can be made. If you received positive work reviews for three years, and then were terminated shortly after speaking out about a violation, that would be evidence that the firing was connected to your status as a whistleblower.

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Potential Whistleblowers, Proceed with Caution, Warns Mississippi Qui Tam Lawyer

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Potential Whistleblowers, Proceed with Caution, Warns Mississippi Qui Tam Lawyer

Some of the most famous whistleblowers have changed the course of history by bringing down powerful political figures, exposing violations of human rights and sending corporations into bankruptcy. While most whistleblowers do not become household names, there are often violations of ethics and laws that would go unchecked and unpunished if not for people willing to risk themselves to stop a wrongful practice from continuing.

Without whistleblowers, corporations could violate safety and environmental regulations, and defraud customers, and governments could violate people’s rights and cheat our democracy. The importance of whistleblowers is recognized by many laws and statutes that are designed to protect whistleblowers from workplace retaliation. Without protections, many people would be reluctant to expose their employers because they would fear losing their job, being demoted or not being promoted when they deserved to be.

Even though whistleblowers are protected, it is possible that a potential whistleblower could go about attempting to expose his or her employer in a way that would be a legal violation in and of itself. It is important that whistleblowers speak out, but they should do so in ways that protect themselves.

Evidence

If you believe you are in the position to be a whistleblower, you probably have some evidence of wrongdoing. Perhaps you have emails or other documentation of the things that you believe amount to a violation. On the other hand, you might wish to find more evidence to support your case before you come forward. In attempting to collect evidence of your employer’s violations, you could end up breaking the law yourself. If you video, record, or photograph co-workers without their knowledge, this could get you into trouble in some instances. Additionally, if you signed a confidentiality agreement with your employer, you should be careful that you are not violating that agreement before you have done everything to protect yourself. At the same time, you could find yourself in trouble for partaking in the illegal actions of your employer, even if you are only doing so in order to get more evidence.

Your best bet is to speak with a whistleblower attorney in order to determine whether you should seek more evidence, and what actions you can and cannot take in order to collect more evidence.

Loose lips

Another way you can find yourself in trouble is by speaking casually to friends or colleagues about the violations that are occurring. In these cases, you run the risk of having your intentions exposed to your employer and potentially having some of the evidence disappear before the wrongdoers are caught. It is also possible that someone might decide to expose the violation before you, putting your whistleblower protections at risk. There are also some claims that offer a whistleblower a reward for coming forward. This could entice someone to speak out especially if they believe that you are going to anyway.

If you believe you have witnessed violations of the law that need to be exposed, you should reach out to an experienced whistleblower attorney in order to determine the best and safest course of action for you to take.   Contact the seasoned Mississippi Qui Tam Lawyer at Barrett Law PLLC now at (800) 707-9577 to learn more about your legal options.

Whistleblowing in Medicare Fraud Cases

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

When an employee reports the illegal conduct of their employer, they become a whistleblower. Whistleblowers have exposed corporate practices that were not only unethical but actually, put people’s lives at risk. Even when a company is committing acts that are clearly wrongful, employees who discover that their employers are committing crimes are faced with difficult decisions. One issue they likely face is the possibility of suffering from retaliation, such as being terminated, if they decide to expose the illegal conduct.

However, it is often the case that only an employee would be in the position to learn the information necessary to report their employer’s wrongful actions. Whistleblower protection laws help to encourage people to speak up when employers commit illegal acts and to discourage employers from retaliating against employees who choose to do the right thing. One area where whistleblowers are extremely important is in the healthcare industry, where programs such as Medicare are frequently defrauded.

Medicare fraud

Medical facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes sometimes overbill Medicare. As it turns out, Medicare fraud accounts for around 10% of the total payments made by Medicare. In dollars, this means that the Medicare program if fraudulently billed tens of billions of dollars a year.

Medicare fraud often includes scenarios where medical facilities bill for services or equipment that they did not provide, or bill for a more expensive treatment than was actually given to the patient. There are some situations where patients covered by Medicare take part in the fraudulent acts, permitting the provider to use their Medicare number to bill for procedures or services that they did not actually require.

Because Medicare is designed to pay doctors quickly and therefore encourage them to see patients who are on Medicare, the program automatically pays out for claims that are filed, making fraud detection difficult. This has made Medicare particularly vulnerable to fraud.

The staggering costs that result from Medicare fraud are highly disturbing. But fortunately, some employees of medical facilities make the brave decision to speak out thereby exposing their employers’ illegal actions.

What protections exist for an employee who reports Medicare fraud?

In many cases, healthcare providers and other people working for medical facilities are the people best positioned to discover fraudulent billing practices. Of course, these people’s jobs might be threatened by their willingness to come forward and report the fraud.

In order to discourage Medicare fraud, perpetrators are subjected to heavy fines for their actions. Whistleblowers are awarded a portion of the fine paid by the violating facility, as well as a portion of the money recovered. This can lead to high reward payouts to whistleblowers. Additionally, though, retaliation against a whistleblower in a Medicare fraud claim is prohibited by law.

If you believe that your employer is committing Medicare fraud, you should speak with an experienced attorney. In some cases, it is possible to receive an award and have your job protected when you decide to do the right thing and report Medicare fraud.   For further information, contact the seasoned Mississippi Qui Tam Attorney at Barrett Law, PLLC today.

 

How are Whistleblowers Protected Under the Law?

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Whether a company is illegally dumping toxic substances into the waterways, or a hospital is billing Medicare for services that were never provided, wrongdoings by corporations and other entities can have far-reaching consequences. Oftentimes, the only way that violations are exposed is through people who work for the company that is committing the wrongful acts. This can be a complicated situation though, since the people who must come forward are typically employees of the wrongdoing companies. The decision to report an employer’s criminal actions can be frightening when a person believes that doing the right thing could cause them to lose their job.

Fortunately, there are several laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation. In some cases, whistleblowers are not only protected, but can actually be rewarded for their brave decision to come forward. Determining which laws apply in which circumstances can be difficult though, so if you find yourself in the position of reporting your employer’s illegal conduct, speak with an employment law attorney to learn your rights and what sort of protections that law provides for you.

State laws

Most states have enacted some form of whistleblower protection. In Mississippi, the whistleblower protection law only applies to public employees. This law makes it illegal to retaliate against an employee if that employee provides information regarding an agency’s violation, or testifies to an investigative body about a violation. If an employee is terminated because of their role in an investigation, then that employee can file a civil lawsuit and be reinstated in their position, and get back pay that was lost.

Federal Statutes that contain whistleblower protection provisions

While Mississippi’s state law does nothing to protect whistleblowers employed by private corporations, there are federal laws that apply in many circumstances. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees twenty-two statutes that contain whistleblower protections provisions. This means that an employee who reports that their employer is violating one of these statutes will be protected from retaliation from their employer. The statutes overseen by OSHA include laws intended to protect the environment and nuclear safety, such as the Clean Air Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act, laws impact in the transportation industry, like the Federal Railroad Safety Act, and laws designed to protect consumers and investors, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Each of these laws includes a provision stating that employees who report that their employer was in violation of the statute are protected from termination or other retaliatory acts. There are various time limits in place in the statutes that determine how long an employee has to file a claim that their employer retaliated against them.

The Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees from retaliation if they report a violation of a statute, rule or regulation, a gross waste of funds, gross mismanagement, the abuse of authority, or a “substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.”

The False Claims Act contains a robust whistleblower protection provision. This law protects whistleblowers who report fraudulent acts that are committed against the federal government. This can include reporting the use of false claims to obtain payment from the government, fraudulent actions taken to avoid or reduce payments owed to the federal government.

Given the complexity of whistleblower protections laws, it is important to consult with an experienced employment law attorney in order to protect yourself and your rights.  Contact the seasoned Mississippi Whistleblower Protection Attorney at Barrett Law, PLLC today by calling (800) 707-9577 or visiting us online.

Whistleblowing: Reporting Employer Wrongdoing

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Deciding to report a wrongdoing committed by your employer can be intimidating. Many employees fear what will happen to them if they speak out, exposing the wrongful or illegal actions that are being taken by their coworkers, supervisors, and other personnel. Of course, if employees fear retaliation from their employers, they will be less likely to take the steps necessary to end the wrongful acts, or to report the employer to the entities that can hold the violating persons accountable.

In order to prevent a culture of silence, most states have some form of whistleblower protection law. These laws make it illegal for employers to take negative actions against an employee for reporting some violation of law or ethics that was committed by the employer.

Who is covered by Mississippi’s whistleblower laws?

Mississippi has a statute that prevents public employees from being retaliated against when they file a complaint with the state or participate in a public investigation of their employer. The law also provides protection for employees if they report or testify in a proceeding related to the Mississippi Vulnerable Adults Act (MVAA).

What if I am not a public employee?

Mississippi’s statute is limited in scope to public employees and violations of the MVAA. However, an employee of a private company might be protected in other ways. Under the common law of Mississippi, it is unlawful to discharge an employee for reasons that violate public policy. As a result, it is illegal to terminate employees for retaliatory reasons if the employee refused to take part in illegal activities on behalf of the employer, or if the employee reported the criminal acts of the employer.

There are also federal laws that provide protection in some situations. For example, under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, it is illegal to retaliate against a whistleblower in cases involving securities or shareholder fraud. Employees of private companies are also shielded from retaliation for exposing their companies for defrauding the government.

When should I report my employer?

If you believe you have witnessed your employer engaging in illegal activities, or violating a company policy, you should first try to understand whether you might have misunderstood what you heard or witnessed. For instance, if your boss told you to do something that you know would be a violation, be sure that you correctly understood what you were told to do. If you believe that the orders were very clear, and definitely would constitute a violation, you may still want to question your boss or politely point out the violation that you would be committing. In some scenarios, it is possible that your boss simply did not realize that the act that they instructed you to take was not permitted.

If you are sure that you were intentionally told to do something unethical or illegal and do not believe there would be any point in discussing the situation with your boss, consider speaking with someone above your boss, or someone whose role at the company involves ethics regulations. This will likely not be appreciated by your boss, so it is good to be fairly sure that you have ruled out a misunderstanding before this point.

Reporting an employer’s legal violation can be intimidating and unnerving. If you find yourself in this position, it is a good idea to speak to an experienced employment law attorney in order to understand your rights and learn what sorts of legal protections would apply in your case.  For further information, contact the seasoned Mississippi Whistleblower Protection Attorney today at Barrett Law, PLLC.

 

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Says Employer Conduct Can be Confusing

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

When you are a whistleblower, and you expose your employer for placing you in a position that you are not qualified for, it would make sense if your employer wanted to find you a different position. However, what would you think if your employer placed you in a different position for which you were just as unqualified as you were for the first job that they gave you? That certainly would be confusing, yet this appears to be what happened to a whistleblower who revealed that he didn’t meet the standards outlined in Navy regulations for the position that his manager placed him in at an aircraft maintenance facility.

When the man worked at the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC-East), his job was to administratively release aircraft for flight and make sure that all required inspections and maintenance got completed. When he made it known to the public that he was expected to do work that, according to Navy regulations, he was unqualified to do, he experienced difficulty and reprisal. The man worked with his attorney to pursue legal action intended to mitigate threats of future reprisals, and his employer offered him a new aeronautical engineering technician position. The man took the job and hoped that his concerns would fade into the background as he started in his new role as a metrology-engineering technician.

Unfortunately, the man found out that he is just as unqualified for his new position as he was for his previous position. The work of a metrology-engineering technician involves calibrating highly technical equipment, and he falls short of the standards outlined in Navy regulations for qualifications for that job. For example, he should hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or physical science. He should also have completed a four-year metrology calibration apprentice training program, or he should have the equivalent skills that those programs would provide. In addition to those things, he should have four years of experience and extensive knowledge of the aircraft and their various systems as well as the methods for calibrating those systems, among other things. Just reading the list of qualifications for that position is enough to make a non-technical person’s head spin, and even for someone who has an engineering background, it is an intimidating list. However, when you consider the nature of what the person who does that job is doing, calibrating highly sensitive and very technical equipment on military aircraft, it is easy to see just how little room for error is in the work that the metrology-engineering technician performs. Simply stated, it is a violation of Navy regulations to employ that man in the position of a metrology-engineering technician. He does not have the educational background, training, or experience to meet the requirements outlined in the regulations.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Providing Support for Mississippi Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers can experience retaliation in a variety of ways, including reassignment to less desirable or otherwise inappropriate work. This type of retaliation is subtler than some of the other forms of retaliation, so many people might not even realize that it is happening. To learn more about whistleblower protection claims, call the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 for an initial consultation.

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys Say Whistleblowers Sometimes Reveal Safety Risks

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

The good that can come from whistleblowers doing what they do can come in many forms. Sometimes, the information that whistleblowers bring out into the open brings awareness to safety risks, some of which could be life-threatening if they are allowed to persist. One such situation happened recently when a whistleblower exposed fuel risks that could endanger the lives of Navy pilots and other people.

The whistleblower, Glenn Schwartz, was a civilian aeronautical engineering technician. Schwartz got fired recently but not before he exposed the fuel safety risks and other serious hazards. He said that his managers placed him in a position that he was underqualified for, and that they attempted to qualify him by providing on the job training that could not adequately prepare him with the training and knowledge that he needed to safely perform the highly technical work that he was performing in his job. Schwartz’s job was calibrating equipment that gets used to test weapons systems and aircraft support equipment, which is certainly not a job that just anybody can do.

Not only is Schwartz unqualified, his placement in the position that he got placed in violated Navy regulations that specify in detail the credentials that are required to get qualified for certain positions. Unfortunately, Schwartz wasn’t the only individual who got placed in a position that they were unqualified to fill. There are others at the Fleet Readiness Center- East and the Metrology and Calibration Laboratory who lack the training, experience, and education that they need to perform their work properly. When you consider the work that gets done at these facilities – maintaining Navy aircraft and testing weapons systems, it is easy to see the safety risks posed by unqualified workers performing jobs that they do not know how to do properly. Those safety risks are the reason that the Navy has detailed regulations regarding qualifications for positions, and Schwartz played a significant role in exposing his employer’s violations of those rules.

The United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) is investigating Schwartz’s firing, as it was possibly an act of retaliation against him. He got fired in early June, and his attorney says that the reasons cited for his dismissal, which is mostly related to attendance procedures, are things that would not usually get cited as a reason for dismissing someone. That assertion would support a conclusion that Schwartz’s firing was retaliatory, but it is important to note that the OSC’s investigation into the matter is not yet complete.

The Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys of Barrett Law PLLC support whistleblowers in their efforts to keep people safe and expose dishonesty, misconduct, and even violations of the law. The consequences of exposing wrongdoing in your workplace can be harsh, but your actions could make a significant and potentially life-saving difference in the lives of others, as Mr. Schwartz’s situation illustrates. If you want to learn more about whistleblower claims, call 1 (800) 707-9577 to arrange an initial consultation with the Mississippi Whistleblower attorneys of Barrett Law PLLC.

 

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Says Safety Risks Could Remain Hidden Absent Whistleblower Efforts

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

A recent Marine Corps aviation accident is raising questions about the safety of our nation’s military aircraft. A KC-130 crashed in rural Mississippi, killing sixteen people. Debris from the accident scattered over a wide area and people want to know what happened. Airplanes can crash for so many different reasons that thorough investigation is the only way to find out what happened. No information about the cause of the tragic accident was released, but we do know that the aircraft that crashed had departed from the Marine Corps Station in Cherry Point, which is in the same location as Fleet Readiness Center – East. Fleet Readiness Center – East is a Navy aircraft maintenance facility that made the news when a whistleblower revealed that he and others got placed in positions that required them to perform work that they were not qualified to do.

At an Air Force base in Arizona, an Air Force Fighter Unit got temporarily grounded due to problems with the oxygen systems on their planes. Some pilots reported that they developed oxygen deprivation symptoms during their flights. Fortunately, backup oxygen systems engaged in each case, but not before the pilots experienced a lack of oxygen, which indicates that there is a safety risk. Navy officials have also noted an increase in the number of reports of physical problems caused by oxygen contamination or unscheduled cabin pressure changes that are being experienced by their pilots.

The problems with the Air Force and Navy aircraft could get caused by the age of the planes or by improper maintenance. It is also possible that both factors are causing the pilots to experience those issues. Regardless of the exact cause of the issues, it is troubling that these problems are happening at a time when there is a concern over whether managers at military aircraft maintenance facilities are disregarding qualification requirements when selecting candidates for highly technical positions. It is possible that the work of unskilled employees is contributing to the overall risk involved in flying military aircraft because aircraft servicing and maintenance requires a high degree of skill, knowledge, and precision. It is possible that absent the disclosure of a whistleblower regarding his lack of skills and qualifications for the position that he got placed in, even more unqualified individuals than are already employed in highly technical positions could have gotten placed in similar positions where their lack of ability could put the safety of others at risk.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Standing up for Mississippi Whistleblowers

If you have exposed violations of the law or other rules in your workplace, you might experience retaliation in the form of intimidation, humiliation, bullying, harassment, or even job loss. Fortunately, if you have experienced any of those kinds of retaliation, you might be able to file a claim for damages under the whistleblower protection laws.  To learn more, call the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney of Barrett Law PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 for an initial consultation.

 

Mississippi Whistleblower Attorney Reports on VA Director’s Dismissal

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Most of us think that Fast and Furious is a series of action-packed movies full of danger, drama, and fast cars. There’s another Fast and Furious out there, though, and most people had no idea it was happening until federal agent John Dodson exposed the secret federal case that enabled thousands of weapons to get across the Mexican border and get into the hands of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.

Dodson initially spoke about the Fast and Furious operation in an interview, saying that he was told to stand by and watch as guns crossed the border from the United States into Mexico, even though he understood his job to be to prevent illegal firearms trafficking to Mexican drug cartels. Dodson objected to the practice but was ordered to keep doing what he had been asked to do. Federal agents not only matched the guns come and go, but they also tracked their use in criminal activity on either side of the border. The goal was supposed to find out where all of the guns were going and then use that information to take down the cartels in dramatic fashion. That part never happened.

Unfortunately, one of the guns was used in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, in 2010. When Agent Terry got killed, the agency worked hard to cover up the link between the weapon used to kill Terry and the strategy that they had been using in the border region. The United States Department of Justice even wrote a letter denying that there was any connection between Agent Terry’s death and the Fast and Furious case. Terry’s death was one of approximately forty-three known deaths associated with weapons trafficked during the Fast and Furious case and other secret operations.

Six years after Dodson initially exposed the scheme in an interview, he says that he has become an enemy of the state. He’s been transferred through eleven different assignments within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) where he worked before the Fast and Furious operation and continues to work today. Dodson says that he has experienced marginalization and retaliation, in addition to the constant upheaval caused by the frequent transfers.

Barrett Law PLLC:  Providing Solid Defense Strategies for Mississippi Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers often experience retaliation in a variety of ways, including reassignment, harassment, humiliation, and threats of harm. Some forms of retaliation are subtler than others are, and sometimes it can take a while for an employee to realize that a pattern is emerging within their workplace environment that does not feel right. For that very reason, it is absolutely imperative that you talk with a whistleblower attorney about your experience so that you can pursue a claim for damages if the things that you have experienced do indeed add up to retaliation. To learn more about whistleblower laws and whistleblower protection claims, call the Mississippi Whistleblower Attorneys at Barrett Law PLLC today at 1 (800) 707-9577 to set up an initial consultation.