Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.—an international contractor that works
closely with the United States government and the United States military—was
tasked to manage government property in Afghanistan. The government required
Fluor to diligently manage tax payer property and report any losses to
the government, but evidence began to surface that Fluor was covering
up millions in property losses and failing to report them to the government.
Several employees allege that Fluor created elaborate processes to effectively
hide any information pertaining to government property that had been lost,
damaged, or otherwise destroyed while under their care. Shortly after
the employees attempted to report the losses, Fluor retaliated against
them, harassed them, and subsequently terminated them.
When the Whistleblowers Call, We Answer
When the terminated employees came to Correro & Leisure, P.C., we knew
we had to take their case, not only for them, but also to protect millions
in taxpayer dollars. After filing the complaint in federal court, Fluor
filed a motion to transfer the case to South Carolina and a separate Motion
to Dismiss plaintiffs’ claims. The court denied Fluor’s motion
to transfer on August 24, 2015. In its motion to dismiss, Fluor argued
that the False Claims Act’s anti-retaliation protections did not
protect plaintiffs because they did not engage in protected activity and
Fluor asked the court to dimiss the entire case.
Correro & Leisure, P.C. diligently reviewed dozens of cases and filed
a response successfully arguing that the plaintiffs were indeed entitled
to whistleblower protections under the False Claims Act and had engaged
in protected activity.
In the end, the federal court
DENIED Fluor’s motion to dismiss. This represents a victory for employees
fighting to protect our taxpayer dollars.
If you have more questions about this case, or if you need to file a whistleblower
claim of your own, please do not hesitate to call
(832) 384-9783, request a
free case evaluation, and one of our Houston Federal False Claims Act attorneys will get back
to you as soon as possible.