HomeState Whistleblower Laws and Cases

State Whistleblower Laws and Cases

Whistleblowers who come forward with information of fraud or corruption may be protected and eligible for awards under their state’s whistleblower laws. To become eligible for an award, they must file a qui tam lawsuit against an individual or company involved in the fraud. 

Keep in mind however, not every state or city has whistleblower protection laws. And some cities and municipalities, such as New York City, have even gone as far as to enact their own labor laws in addition to state laws, which protect City employees from retaliation. 

Depending on the type of fraudulent activity, whistleblowers are awarded a percentage of the money collected from a settlement, which often reaches millions of dollars. Those who wish to report misconduct, corruption, criminal activity, conflicts of interest, and abuse of authority should check with their state below to learn more.

STATEFALSE CLAIMS ACT?WHISTLEBLOWER PROVISION?PUBLIC POLICY EXCEPTION?
AlabamaNoN/ANo
AlaskaYes (healthcare only)NoYes
ArizonaNoN/AYes
ArkansasYes (healthcare only)NoYes
CaliforniaYesYesYes
ColoradoYes (general and healthcare)Yes (both laws)Yes
ConnecticutYes (healthcare only)YesYes
DelawareYesYesYes
District of ColumbiaYesYesYes
FloridaYesYesNo
GeorgiaYes (general and healthcare)Yes (both laws)No
GuamYesYesYes (limited)
HawaiiYesYesYes
IdahoNoN/AYes
IllinoisYesYesYes
IndianaYes (general and healthcare)Yes (both laws)Yes
IowaYesYesYes
KansasYes (general and healthcare)Yes (both laws)Yes
KentuckyYes (statute, healthcare only)YesYes
LouisianaYes (healthcare only)YesNo
MaineYesYesNo
MarylandYes (general and healthcare)Yes (both laws)Yes
MassachusettsYesYesYes
MichiganYesYesYes
MinnesotaYesYesYes
MississippiNoN/AYes (limited)
MissouriYesNoYes
MontanaYesYesYes
NebraskaYes (healthcare only)YesYes
NevadaYesYesYes
New HampshireYes (healthcare only)YesYes
New JerseyYesYesYes
New MexicoYes (general and healthcare) Yes (both laws)Yes
New YorkYesYesNo
North CarolinaYesYesYes
North DakotaYesYesYes
OhioYes (healthcare only)YesYes
OklahomaYes (healthcare only)YesYes
OregonYes (general and healthcare statute) Yes (both laws)Yes
PennsylvaniaNo (statute, healthcare only)YesYes
Puerto RicoYesYesN/A (Not at-will)
Rhode IslandYesYesYes
South CarolinaNo (statute, healthcare only)N/AYes
South DakotaNo (statute, healthcare only)N/AYes
TennesseeYes (general and healthcare)YesYes
TexasYes (healthcare only)YesYes
UtahYesNoYes
VermontYesYesYes
Virgin Islands (U.S.)YesYesYes
VirginiaYesYesYes
WashingtonYes (healthcare only)YesYes
West VirginiaNo (stature, healthcare only)N/AYes
WisconsinNo (statute, healthcare only)N/AYes
WyomingYes (healthcare only)YesYes (limited – only ever in workers’ compensation cases)