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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration settled a lawsuit against Dearborn Heights School District No. 7. The janitor whistleblower not only won his case, but also got his job back after the school district fired him for exposing violations to the Clean Air Act.

About the Whistleblower Statute

Chairs Classroom College Desks 289740In 1863 to combat fraud in Union contracts during the Civil War, Congress passed the Whistleblower or Qui Tam statute. It was not until 1986 before Congress modernized the Whistleblower statute and renamed it to the False Claims Act (FCA). It became the government’s primary tool to combat fraud. Individuals who report government-program fraud bring the lawsuit on behalf of the government.

The Law Protects and Rewards a Whistleblower

When a knowledgeable attorney like those found at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm files a False Claims Act lawsuit, he or she files it under a seal. This means it is completely confidential. There is also a full disclosure statement in the suit, which details the evidence collected by a whistleblower.
After we file your suit, the Department of Justice will review the evidence before deciding to step in and decide if they want to prosecute the case. The government’s fraud investigator will work closely with you, the whistleblower to identify all responsible for the fraud.
You could be entitled to 15-30% of the funds recovered. In order to receive the reward, you must be the first one to file a case under the False Claims Act. This is why it is key to pick an experienced attorney to work quickly to get your compensation.

Janitor Whistleblower

The janitor whistleblower in 2012 told the school district that the high school and elementary school had asbestos. The employee also reported potential pesticide exposure at the school to the Michigan Environmental Protection Agency. When the district learned of these complaints and violations, the school district went through lengthy efforts to identify the whistleblower. Then, fired him.
Federal investigators determined the district violated the Clean Air Act. The terminated employee served as a key witness for federal investigators in a 2012 whistleblower complaint from an employee who alleged employee and student exposure to asbestos at the public school.
OSHA ordered the district to rehire the janitor whistleblower and pay him $102,905 in back wages, damages and other compensation. OSHA determined that the employee, who worked as a janitor, was unjustly disciplined, publicly discredited and terminated improperly.

On Feb. 14, 2018, the district was ordered to pay $210,261 to a different whistleblower for similar complaints.
The district has 30 days from Jan. 30 to contest the latest ruling.

Premier Whistleblower Attorneys

MoneyThe Michael Brady Lynch Firm has successfully represented thousands of consumers and recovered millions of dollars for their clients. Nationwide law firms recognize us as some of the most experienced and successful in the country. Our award-winning staff is also sought after for our knowledge of complex litigation, scientific evidence development, negotiation strategies, and trial tactics.
Most of all, our law office is resourceful and dedicated to pursuing any compensation you are due. Because of this, we have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, such as inclusion on numerous Plaintiff Steering Committees.  We will take whatever legal measures are necessary when fighting for your rights to damages.
Therefore, if you believe you have uncovered evidence of fraud involving a government-funded program, contact us today. Our attorneys have represented many clients in the past with complex cases. We will work tirelessly to obtain results on your behalf.

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