Qui tam lawsuits are a type of civil lawsuit whistleblowers can bring under the False Claims Act, a law that rewards whistleblowers if their qui tam cases recover funds for the government. In a settlement reached with Olympus America, a leading seller of medical equipment in the U.S., a corporate whistleblower is looking at a… Read More »
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Employment Law articles and news.
Workplace Whistleblower Retaliation
I told my boss about a dangerous working condition and now my employer is retaliating against me – what rights do I have? If you feel that your employer is now harassing you, or punishing you, or if you feel your employer is retaliating against you in any other way because of your refusal to… Read More »
What to Do If There Are Dangerous Working Conditions
If a worker has a good faith reasonable belief that working conditions are an imminent danger, then the worker has the legal right not to perform the work. It is important that the worker notify the employer of the dangerous condition and the imminent danger as soon as possible. Generally speaking, a worker cannot “walk… Read More »
Can My Employer Fire Me When on FMLA Leave?
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers to grant employees time off for certain care giving, medical and family needs. This includes leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member, an employees’s recuperation from a serious health condition, or when an employee’s family member is called to… Read More »
Iowa Denied Overtime Pay
Iowa workers employed at a Tyson pork processing plant may have found a path toward victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing them to band together in a class action lawsuit seeking overtime pay. The case developed over workers seeking to recover overtime pay for time they had spent putting on and taking off protective… Read More »
Study Reveals Disabled Face Employment Discrimination
A recent study conducted by Rutgers and Syracuse universities has concluded that employers appear to discriminate against job applicants reporting a disability. The findings may help explain why only 34 percent of working-age people with disabilities were employed as of 2013, compared to 74 percent of those without disabilities. Researchers conducted the study by sending… Read More »