Through my years as an employment law attorney, I have represented a number of employees who were retaliated against for complaining about unlawful conduct in the workplace and/or blowing the whistle on unlawful conduct. I have great respect and admiration for these courageous employees, who often risk their jobs to protect the public. Privacy and confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements prohibit me from identifying cases, named parties, and the existence and terms of settlement agreements. However, if you have been retaliated against for opposing unlawful conduct in the workplace or are a whistle-blower, I will take all necessary steps to protect your rights.
As an employee, you have a legal right to complain about certain types of unlawful conduct in the workplace. If you exercise your legal right to complain, it is illegal for your employer to “retaliate” against you by firing you, harassing you, stripping you of your job responsibilities, refusing to give you deserved raises, issuing unwarranted discipline, etc. Likewise, it is illegal to retaliate against you if you become eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
A “whistle-blower” is an employee who reports, threatens to report or refuses to participate in certain types of illegal or improper activities, such as those that threaten the health, safety or welfare of Illinois citizens. If you exercise your legal right to “blow the whistle”, it is illegal to retaliate against you.