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  • Westport Office


    155 Post Road East
    Suite 11
    Westport, Connecticut 06880



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  • 5.0/5.0

    I found myself in one of the worst employment situations that I have ever been in. I was getting bullied and harassed and after going to human resources twice I felt that I had no where else to go. After sitting down and talking to Attorney...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    I cannot say enough great things about Attorney Pate. He was not only courteous and professional to me but very intelligent in dealing with employer. He not only demonstrated skill and professionalism while handling my case but showed extra...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    . In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. My company investigated the incident, and it seemed to have been resolved. Six months later, my company took what I believed to b...
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Connecticut Employment Attorney Protects Whistleblowers

Skilled lawyer upholds the rights of employees to seek justice in the Westport area

When a company or government entity breaks the law, employees have the right to stand up for what is right, and the law protects these people, known as whistleblowers, from retaliation by employers. If you've faced retaliation for revealing wrongdoing by your employer in the form of fraud, corruption or other illegal activity, Richard L. Pate will represent your rights in the Westport area and Connecticut. I will stand up for you and seek the monetary damages or injunctive relief you deserve.

Proven advocate protects Connecticut whistleblowers

Federal law protects employees who report their employer’s unlawful activity and provides protection from retaliation. The Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees who report the possible existence of an activity that violates law, rules or regulations. It also protects those who claim federal government mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or actions that present a "substantial and specific danger" to public health and safety. The False Claims Act includes a qui tam provision, which allows a private citizen with knowledge of fraud against the government to initiate a lawsuit and share in the government’s recovery of damages. The Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have whistleblower provisions as well.

While reporting employers' misdeeds is the right thing to do, it's essential to have a lawyer in your corner to protect your interests and guide you through the process. I will take the time to listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions.

Determined counselor represents employees reporting a range of violations

Many types of actions can cause a person to be considered a whistleblower, including:

  • Reporting a violation of state or federal laws
  • Reporting violations of a company's own rules
  • Refusing to participate in wrongdoing

I am familiar with the laws that protect whistleblowers from employer retaliation, which may take the form of job loss, demotion, pay cuts, and other adverse actions. I will fight in and out of the courtroom to protect your rights while I seek the remedy you deserve.

Experienced lawyer handles qui tam lawsuits

Qui tam law allows an individual to sue in the name of the federal government for violations of federal law, such as misuse of federal funding. The individual who brings the lawsuit can then share in the financial recovery if the government is awarded damages.

If you are successful in your lawsuit, you may be entitled to up to 30 percent of the monetary award. As an attorney experienced in bringing cases before federal courts, I have both the knowledge and background to handle your case and will work to assert your rights and ensure you receive the remedy you are entitled to.

Contact my Connecticut whistleblower protection firm

Richard L. Pate represents clients in both state and federal trial and appellate courts in Connecticut in whistleblower actions. Call me at 203-226-9922 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation at my Westport office.