As an employee, you are entitled to be compensated for your hard work. In today’s economy, employers are increasingly demanding that their employees work longer hours. They seek to exploit more work and time out of their employees without increasing their overhead costs. This can, and often does, lead to overtime or minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In fact, employers have been so successful in their ever-increasing demands upon employees that most workers are unaware that their FLSA rights have been violated. Passed in the 1930s, the FLSA includes an array of complex regulations. Attorneys at Brady & Associates can assist you in determining whether your FLSA rights have been violated and how to pursue a class or collective action on behalf of yourself and others who have suffered similar violations of their rights.
A “Qui Tam” action is brought by an individual with specific information that the government has been defrauded. Typically the person bringing the claim, known as a “Relator,” is or was an employee or business associate with inside information of the company or individual committing the fraud. Qui Tam cases are brought under a federal statute called the “False Claims Act” which allows a Relator to file a lawsuit on behalf of the government against the defrauding company or individual. The False Claims Act allows a Relator to be awarded a share—between 15% and 30%—of the money recovered by, or on behalf of, the government.
Large scale FLSA cases are complicated and time-consuming matters. Very few firms in the Kansas City area litigate these types of claims. Any attorneys undertaking these types of cases must be prepared to make tremendous investments of time, energy, and financial resources in order to appropriately pursue them. Such investments are beyond the scope of risk most attorneys and law firms are willing to assume.
Qui Tam actions under the False Claims Act involve unique procedures unlike any other civil litigation. Such actions typically also involve either parsing through a maze of contractual provisions or federal regulations, or both, which require enormous investments of time and resources to explain the fraud to the United States Department of Justice and, if necessary, to the judge or jury in the case. Whether the fraud involves Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Defense or other procurement, or a construction project, most law firms lack the experience, expertise or resources to handle such cases.
The attorneys at Brady & Associates will put their extensive, particularized experience handling FLSA and Qui Tam Whistleblower cases to work for you.