Vermont 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.
Vermont Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- Panel digs into Vermont whistleblower laws
May 6, 2015 – MONTPELIER – Vermont lawmakers are wondering how to strengthen the state’s whistleblower protection laws, prompted in part by concerns about overtime pay at the Department of Liquor Control. The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs began taking testimony on whistleblower protection Tuesday, and chairwoman Rep. Helen Head, D-South Burlington, listed the liquor control situation as a driving factor.
- Records ID state worker accused in data breach
March 20, 2015 – The Vermont Department of Labor has determined a now-former employee improperly obtained “personally identifiable information” including names and Social Security numbers from its unemployment insurance program database. A criminal investigation into possible identity theft is underway, officials said. At least 80 people are affected by the breach. Also at least seven businesses have been compromised, officials said. Vermont State Police paperwork obtained by the Burlington Free Press indicated Cheryl Morris Grandfield, 48, of Middlesex had her Government Hill Road residence raided Feb. 27 as part of the investigation.Grandfield referred calls to her lawyer Brooks McArthur. He said Grandfield did nothing wrong or illegal and was trying to be a whistleblower.
- Nurse Sues Vermont Hospital, Alleging Retaliation For Whistleblower Complaints
September 5, 2013 – SPRINGFIELD, VT — A nurse is suing Springfield Hospital in Vermont in an effort to get his job back and receive compensation for lost wages, alleging his former employer retaliated against him after he voiced concerns over alleged malpractice in the hospital’s anesthesiology department. Plaintiff Stephen Green, CRNA, claims that Springfield Hospital violated Vermont’s whistleblower protection law, which prohibits employers from retaliating against employees when they disclose or threaten to disclose activities, policies, practices, procedures, actions, or failures to act of the employer that the employee believes constitutes “improper quality of patient care.”