The Federal False Claims Act ("FCA") creates a whistleblowing cause of action for an employee who feels retaliated against for "blowing the whistle" on the employer's illegal activities. Additionally, Ohio has a whistleblower statute and provides protections to at will employees under the public policy laws. But what do these protections really mean? Many employees misunderstand the protections of the FCA and Ohio's laws. This post will address the protections afforded to employees under the FCA's qui tam provisions and compare it to Ohio's whistleblower statute. My next post will address retaliation for making such reports. Finally, I will discuss Ohio's public policy exception to at will employment.