John Michael Gravitt, 1983.
While employed at GE, Gravitt, a machinist foreman, reported to his supervisors that the company was defrauding the Department of Defense by falsely billing the government for contract work on the B1 Lancer Bomber. GE fired Gravitt for his misgivings, leading him to file a qui tam suit under the False Claims Act (FCA) despite the law having been weakened after World War II. Gravitt ultimately testified before Congress about the state of the FCA which was too weak to adequately protect whistleblowers. This testimony influenced the 1986 amendments to the act, which renewed and strengthened the statute by prohibiting companies from retaliating against employees who reported fraud.