Fort Lauderdale Whistle Blower Claims Attorney

Whistleblowers play a vital role in ensuring workplace fairness and bringing to light many different forms of employer misconduct. It is not uncommon to see cases in which insider employees are the only people who have the knowledge necessary to understand legal violations by an employer.

Unfortunately, in some cases, whistleblowers are retaliated against for stopping fraud or for protecting their own legal rights. If your company has taken negative employment action against you because you engaged in protected whistleblower activity, you need to seek professional legal representation immediately.

Mark J. Berkowitz is an experienced Fort Lauderdale whistleblower claims attorney. If you blew the whistle and you are now facing any form of retaliation — demotion, suspension, loss of benefits, reduced pay, loss of responsibilities, harassment, termination, etc — we can help. Our law firm is committed to fighting for the legal rights and financial interests of whistleblowers in South Florida. We will conduct a comprehensive, fully private review and investigation of your particular situation in order to help you find the very best legal solution.

Understanding Whistleblower Claims in Florida

You Must Have Engaged in Protected Activities

In order to be eligible to bring a whistleblower claim, you must have engaged in a ‘protected activity’. Protected activities come in many different forms. As a general rule, these activities (also known as whistleblower activities) fit in one of three different categories:

  • An employee reported workplace harassment or discrimination;
  • An employee cooperated with a Florida regulators/law enforcement or federal regulators/law enforcement; or
  • An employee refused to engage in illegal conduct.  

Whistleblowers are Held to the Reasonable Belief Standard

Under most whistleblower statutes, employees do not have to be ‘right’ about their disclosure to obtain legal protections. Instead, employees must have a reasonable belief that there was a violation. For example, if you reported that your employer was overbilling the federal government under the False Claims Act, and you had a reasonable belief that a violation existed, you are protected. The end result of the case is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if the government decides not to pursue the case or if they cleared your employer in the investigation.  

You May Not Be Subject to Negative Employment Action

Employers are prohibited from taking any type of adverse employment action against a worker on the grounds that they engaged in protected whistleblower activities. Negative employment actions come in many different forms. Some of the most notable examples include:

  • Harassment;
  • Demotion;
  • Denying a promotion;
  • Cutting off job duties;
  • Reduced pay;
  • Reduced bonus payments;
  • Relocating the worker; and
  • Termination.

To prevail in a whistleblower claim, you must be able to connect adverse employment activity to your protected disclosures.

There are Remedies Available to Whistleblowers

The remedies available in a Florida whistleblower case will always depend on the specific circumstances of the case. With some claims, such as a qui tam action, the whistleblower may actually be entitled to receive financial compensation from the government for exposing the fraud or misconduct. In other cases, remedies are available to account for the worker’s damages. This could include:

  • Back pay;
  • Recovery for incidental economic damages;
  • Payment for emotional distress;
  • Reinstatement; and
  • Other equitable relief as appropriate, potentially including the removal or rescission of poor performance appraisals.
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Our Skilled Attorneys

WHY WORK WITH OUR TEAM?

Mark Berkowitz focuses his practice on employee representation and employment discrimination matters before both state and federal courts; as well as government administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. These litigation matters involve cases related to claims of discrimination based on race, national origin, religion and gender, including, pregnancy and sexual harassment, as well as claims based on age, disability, medical leave; under the Family Medical Leave Act, retaliation and whistle-blower claims. He also handles claims involving issues of unfair competition, breach of the duty of fair representation, unpaid wages and non-compete and trade secret claims; and additionally, he engages clients in the negotiation of employment contracts and severance agreements.

Mark Jay Berkowitz

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Why Choose Mark J. Berkowitz, P.A.

Mark J. Berkowitz has the legal skills and tenacity needed to handle the full range of whistleblower claims. Whether you have been instructed to perform an illegal act, you made a disclosure under state or federal, you are interested in bringing qui tam lawsuit, or you are ready to exercise your rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), we are here to help.

When we take on a whistleblower case, we always give our clients the personalized guidance and support. Our Fort Lauderdale whistleblower attorneys know that each case is fundamentally unique. Not only will we fight aggressively to protect your rights, but we will also make sure that we use the approach that is best suited for your goals and needs.

Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Whistleblower Rights Lawyer Today

At the office of Mark J. Berkowitz, P.A., we have extensive experience handling whistleblower claims. If you disclosed or reported suspected misconduct, and you faced adverse employment action as a result, we will protect your rights.

To arrange a fully confidential review of your whistleblower case, please do not hesitate to

contact us today at (954) 697-9506. With an office in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, we represent whistleblowers throughout South Florida, including in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County.

Awards & Accolades

Mark J. Berkowitz has been practicing labor and employment law for more than 20 years in the Fort Lauderdale area. He can advise you on non-compete agreements, employment contracts, and other employment related issues.

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“From the minute I sat down with Mark Berkowitz, he demonstrated experience and professionalism. He has always given me excellent advice. I would highly recommend Mark for any legal issues involving labor disputes.”

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“Mr. Berkowitz has exceptional knowledge of the law. He is very bright with a great legal mind. Mr. Berkowitz is effective and gets the results of the law. Also you can't meet a nicer person.”

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“Mark Berkowitz is a exceptional labor law attorney with excellent communication skills. He accepted my case while no other attorney wanted to deal with the federal government. With his knowledge and persistence I was able to receive the accomindation I needed to be able to continue working. Mark Berkowitz is not just my attorney, but a friend that has my back whenever I call him.”

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