The Illinois legislature passed legislation in 2004 prohibiting employers from firing employee who report illegal activity to authorities. But many employers aren’t familiar with the law and fire employees in anger when they learn that the employee has reported an illegal act.
I recently obtained a large Whistleblower settlement in a Chicago collar county on behalf of an employee who was assaulted at his workplace and reported the matter to the police. Shortly after doing so, the employer engaged in a pattern of behavior to force the employee to quit. When the employee refused, the employer fired him, insisting a workplace rule was violated. When depositions showed the “rule” was never really followed by any employees, the employer quickly agreed to settle the case.
If you think you may have been terminated because you properly reported illegal activity, please give me a call at my Chicago office.