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Compliance Officer Whistleblowers

Dallas Metro Attorney Working to Protect Compliance Officer Whistleblowers

Texas lawyer helps employees facing retaliation for revealing the truth

Compliance officers serve an important role in businesses, warning both their own companies and the public of fraud or illegal behavior within an organization. As a compliance officer, your primary role is to conduct audits and alert your employer of any problems you discover. When you are ignored by management, however, you have a duty to protect your company and the public. This often leads to conflict with management — and sometimes even unlawful retaliation such as firing or demotion. Attorney Steve Kardell puts his Whistleblower Law experience to work to protect compliance officers by helping them bring claims for compensation under the law. If you are the victim of whistleblower retaliation, turn to our respected firm.

Which anti-retaliation laws protect compliance officers?

Compliance officers have a variety of legal protections, such as:

  • The False Claims Act. This whistleblower law includes a qui tam provision, which allows a private citizen with knowledge of fraud against the government to initiate a lawsuit and share in the government’s recovery of damages. This act frequently applies in Medicare fraud cases and other situations involving government contracts.
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. This law specifically shields those who cooperate with law enforcement officers investigating fraud or federal offenses. These cases often involve the reporting of false earnings to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and shareholders.
  • The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This law provides financial incentives and protections for whistleblowers to report violations of securities law to the SEC. Those who report violations under the Dodd-Frank Act can receive awards between 10 percent and 30 percent of the monetary sanctions the agency collects as a result of the information.

Additional protections exist for whistleblowers in a variety of industries. For example, whistleblowers in the aviation industry who reveal a violation of airline safety regulations are protected from retaliation as are those in the nuclear industry who report safety concerns or instances of violations of the law. The Surface Transportation Assistance Act protects truck drivers who cooperate with government officials or refuse to violate safety standards. With more than 35 years of experience, attorney Steve Kardell represents compliance officers and whistleblowers in all industries.

Damage recovery and protection against retaliation

Under whistleblower law, compliance officers and others who make a protected disclosure or report wrongdoings to superiors are generally protected from discrimination and other forms of retaliation such as:

  • Discipline
  • Firing
  • Reduction of pay or hours
  • Demotion
  • Denial of benefits

Attorney Steve Kardell works with clients in the Dallas area who have been mistreated for telling the truth and following the law. Compliance officers who face retaliation for lawful actions may be entitled to compensation for back pay, for harm to their professional reputation and for emotional distress. Other remedies may also include reinstatement by an employer or rewards from government agencies.

Contact an experienced whistleblower protection attorney in Dallas

Compliance officers who have faced retaliation for alerting the public or the government of inappropriate conduct under whistleblower laws require representation from a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney. For guidance and advice about whistleblower retaliation issues, call today at 214-306-8045 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with Texas attorney Steve Kardell.

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  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.