Whistleblower Claims in Chicago, IL
Chicago Employment Attorney for Retaliation & Whistleblower Claims
For nearly 20 years, the Law Offices of Fern Trevino has successfully represented Chicago-area employees in select employment law matters, turning down all requests to represent employers. A large part of the firm's practice is devoted to successfully handling retaliation claims. Retaliation claims arise when employees are fired or otherwise retaliated against for engaging in certain "protected activities," that is, activities protected by law or public policy. Examples of protected activities may include filing a charge of
racial discrimination, reporting
discrimination, and taking part in discrimination proceedings.
The Law Offices of Fern Trevino handles many retaliation cases involving whistleblower claims. A "whistleblower" is a person who reports illegal or dishonest conduct by a company, government agency or other organization, to the public or to a person in authority. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against a whistleblower, by terminating or otherwise mistreating the employee.
If your employer has retaliated against you for reporting illegal or dishonest conduct, a Chicago employment attorney at the Law Offices of Fern Trevino can advise you of your options. Below is some basic information on retaliatory discharge claims. To learn more, or to schedule a confidential consultation, please call the firm today.
Whistleblower and Other Retaliatory Discharge Claims
Whistleblower claims arise when an employee 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. The law also protects employees who engage in other protected activities such as filing a claim for Workers' Compensation benefits. Statutes (laws passed by Congress) and common law (law that arises from court decisions) provide remedies for whistleblowers.
Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Claims (SOX)
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, enacted in 2002, establishes enhanced standards for all U.S. public company boards, management, and public accounting firms. The Act has provisions protecting employees who report corporate fraud. Remedies under the Act include reinstatement, back pay and benefits, compensatory damages, abatement orders, and reasonable attorney fees and costs.
Contact a Chicago whistleblower lawyer to discuss your case and learn your options.