Army Contract Employee Claims Retaliation under the False Claims Act
An Army contract employee is suing his former employer, Technologists, Inc. for demotion and termination for refusing to collect progress payments under a contract with the Army Corp of Engineers. The former employee, Robert Johnson, claims that he was told to collect a progress payment for work that was never completed. He refused to comply and claims he was retaliated against. According to Johnson, other employees told him that the company habitually obtained progress payment which it used to fund other projects, rather than finish the project for which the payment applied. Johnson also claims that Technologists uses inferior materials on its government projects. Johnson reported the alleged false claims to the Corp of Engineers, which, he claims, promoted his demotion and termination.