If the company I work for has a government contract and is overcharging them on hours worked and material from what is written in their contract, is that fraud?

As employee do I have the right to walk away from my job so I’m not involved? Can I ask them to void my non-compete so I can work in the same field?

Asked on February 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It sounds like you might need to be a whistleblower but keep in mind, you need to report this if there is actual fraud in the contract. Whistleblower statutes should protect you. You have a right to walk away, without issue but as to your non-compete you need to find out whether non-competes are considered illegal in the state in which you reside. If they are, you should have no problem as the non-compete would be voidable or void since it is illegal. If non-competes are legal, you need to indicate that since the company committed fraud, you consider the non-compete voidable. Talk to an attorney and see what your options are. You may simply need to be that whistleblower but tread carefully.


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