Maine does not have a state False Claims Act. However, those who witness fraud, waste or abuse affecting either the state or federal government can file a whistleblower lawsuit under the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act. Whistleblower provisions in the False Claims Act also protect relators from workplace retaliation resulting from their report. Contact us to learn more about your rights as a whistleblower.
Maine Whistleblower News
- Maine agrees to pay former CDC manager $142,000 to settle whistleblower suit
June 18, 2015 – AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services will pay a former employee $142,500 as settlement of a federal whistleblower lawsuit. Sharon Leahy-Lind, once a division director for the Maine Center for Disease Control, sued DHHS and her bosses at the CDC after she said she was harassed and retaliated against for refusing to shred public documents.
- West Bath to pay firefighter $16,500 to settle whistle-blower lawsuit
June 18, 2015 – WEST BATH, Maine — The town of West Bath will pay a captain in its fire department $16,500, and he will retain his position to resolve a lawsuit filed under the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. Michael Drake of West Bath filed the suit in February 2013 against the town and former fire chiefs Michael Demers of Bath and Barry MacArthur of Brunswick. According to a complaint filed in February 2013 in Sagadahoc County Superior Court, Drake “learned in a variety of ways” in January 2011 that Demers “was misusing monies of the volunteer firefighters association of West Bath and was using the town’s fire engine to raise money for a private purpose in a way prohibited by the town selectmen, namely by charging private citizens of West Bath a fee for filling their swimming pools with water.”
- Blowing whistle on YMCA likely cost woman job, says human rights panel
June 12, 2015 – PORTLAND, Maine — The former aquatics director of the YMCA of Southern Maine in Portland likely lost her job as a result of retaliation after she reported unsafe conditions in the workplace, the Maine Human Rights Commission found earlier this month. The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discharging an employee because of actions that are protected under the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.
- Fired Maine nurse loses whistleblower suit over suspected drug use
June 11, 2015 – A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower-retaliation suit against a Maine nursing home, saying the plaintiff failed to prove she was fired for telling her supervisor she believed a fellow nurse was using or stealing drugs.