Whistle Blower Act



A whistleblower is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government department or private company or organization. Employees can report misconduct internally or externally (make it known to a higher authority or public).

Whistleblower Act protects consumers in the first place. It is considered to be in the best interest of public to disclose any dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentations to improve quality of service and products,

Whistleblowers frequently face retaliation, sometimes at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused.

Protection from discrimination means that an employer cannot retaliate by taking "adverse action" against workers, such as:

  • Firing or laying off
  • Blacklisting
  • Demoting
  • Denying overtime or promotion
  • Disciplining
  • Denial of benefits
  • Failure to hire or rehire
  • Intimidation
  • Making threats
  • Reassignment affecting prospects for promotion
  • Reducing pay or hours

Call today for a free consultation:
847.241.1299

T
he Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a United States federal law that protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report agency misconduct. A federal agency violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if agency authorities take (or threaten to take) retaliatory personnel action against any employee or applicant because of disclosure of information by that employee or applicant. Whistleblowers may file complaints that they believe reasonably evidences a violation of a law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

 

The Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act allows whistleblowers to bring suit in the name of the State of Illinois where a wrongdoer engages in conduct that defrauds the state or local governments of taxpayer dollars. The law is a broad reaching statute designed to address an array of wrongdoing from health care fraud to fraud involving any type of government contract or business relationship involving state or local money.

You can read more about whistleblower law in Illinois here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2495&ChapterID=57

and here: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/whistleblower/Pages/default.aspx

  1. Successful whistleblowers need evidence. Be sure to keep records and documentation of corrupt activity.
  2. Don't break any laws yourself. Exposing corruption will not necessarily relieve you of liability. If you are worried about your behavior, seek independent legal advice.
  3. Read your employment contract. Your union or other employment contract may contain whistleblower protections.

Call us to find out how to file a whistle blower complaint: 847.241.1299


Besides statutory law there could be common law protections available to you.

If retaliation occurs, remedies can include:

  • Reinstatement;
  • Two times back pay;
  • Interest on back pay; and/or
  • Payment of reasonable costs and attorneys' fees


Call today for a free consultation:
847.241.1299

 

 

Comments  

 
0 #3 Fedor 2014-05-08 18:49
Albert,

Please give us a call. 847.241.1299
Quote
 
 
0 #2 Albert Schneider 2014-05-08 18:44
nothing further
Quote
 
 
0 #1 Albert Schneider 2014-05-08 18:42
I, and others, executed fraudulent documents which enabled a home rule municipality to directly deny rights to 13 people and indirectly deny rights to a thousand others. The municipality has since been suing me and my family for the past 12 years through malicious prosecution and extortion stemming from the fraud.
Quote
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh