Most likely you will. Whistleblower lawsuits are complex.
If you have an email where it is reported that there is illegal activity going on, and then the employee gets fired or demoted almost immediately thereafter, and it’s a fairly sizeable company that has an independent HR/legal department that will be able to look at it very closely, there may be a chance that the person doesn’t require an attorney’s assistance.
However, in our opinion, in all circumstances a whistleblower who has been retaliated against should seek out an attorney to help them out because it usually gets them a better result. The HR and legal departments look after the company’s best interests, not its employees’.
What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
Most experienced whistleblower lawyers like us take these kinds of cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that typically there is no cash out of pocket to the client until there is a recovery.