Employees who are vigilant about reporting wrongdoing in their workplaces help to protect the public in many ways. Workers are key in bringing problems such as workplace health and safety violations, financial abuses, fraud, and other legal violations to light. In light of this important public good, there are several laws that help to protect employee whistleblowers from retaliation.
The Illinois Whistleblower Act helps to protect employees who have complained about their employer's legal violations to the government in some way or who have refused to participate in unlawful activity as requested by their employer. Similarly, the Illinois common law tort of retaliatory discharge helps workers who have complained about a violation relating to a public concern and who have been fired because of it. Federal laws such as the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act help protect workers who have been fired because they reported or exposed employer fraud.
If you believe that you have been fired because you reported or exposed employer wrongdoing and/or refused to participate in illegal activity, you may want to consult with an attorney to explore your options.