Nebraska 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.
Nebraska Whistleblower News
- Grassley calls on HUD to release audit that could spell trouble for Ashford
June 10, 2015 – LINCOLN, Neb. — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a copy of its audit of the Omaha Housing Authority, following a series of Nebraska Watchdog stories. HUD has refused for two years to release a copy of the full audit, which covers a portion of freshman Congressman Brad Ashford’s tenure as CEO of the troubled housing authority.
- Shakeup Of Nebraska Fire Department May Follow Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints
April 24, 2015 – The City of Lincoln, Neb., is forming a special task force to investigate concerns raised in a whistleblower retaliation complaint alleging abuse and retaliation within the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department. In 2012, Captain Troy Hurd indicated in an annual employee survey that he had witnessed discrimination with the Fire and Rescue Department and had been retaliated against repeatedly for reporting it. Capt. Hurd also reported that Lincoln Fire and Rescue firefighters employed abusive tactics to train new recruits, including yelling at them, failing to supervise them, and accusing them of being snitches.
- Lincoln, Nebraska “Whistleblower” nominated for Nobel Prize
March 05, 2015 – Kathryn Bolkovac might be the most accomplished undergraduate student in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1999, the former Lincoln police investigator went to work in Bosnia as an employee of a private contractor for the United Nations. Not long after, she uncovered evidence of human sex trafficking by government contractors and sought to bring those actions to light. Her story later became the subject of a book and a film, “The Whistleblower,” starring Rachel Weisz. Now she can add another accomplishment to her resume, which she’ll be dusting off in May after she graduates with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Railway Company Fined And Ordered To Reinstate Injured Worker
January 16, 2012 – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Omaha, Nebraska-based Union Pacific Railroad Co. to immediately reinstate an employee in Idaho who was fired after reporting a work-related injury and to pay the employee more than $300,000 in back wages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys fees. The employee filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA, alleging suspension without pay and then termination after notifying the company of an on-the-job injury. OSHA’s investigation found the disciplinary charges and termination did not stem from the complainant breaking a work rule but merely on reporting an injury to the railroad.