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Tips for Whistleblowers from Our Chicago Attorney

1. Seek Legal Help. Before quitting your job, consult with an attorney experienced in handling whistleblower claims. Even if you believe that you are about to be terminated, quitting could cost you the right to bring a whistleblower claim. Ask your family attorney to refer you to an attorney who concentrates in employment law. Hiring a skilled lawyer may have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.

3. Do not take items that do not belong to you. Do not delete files or remove items from the workplace that are not your personal property and do not access company records if you are not authorized to do so. Such acts may be grounds for discharge, and can nullify any claim you have against your employer. If you are uncertain as to which items you can legally remove, seek legal counsel.

4. Remember that Illinois is an employment at-will state. In Illinois, your employer may terminate you for any reason at all, other than an illegal reason such as retaliation. There is no law against unfairness.

5. Remain respectful. Even if your employer treats you harshly, your communications with your employer and your co-workers should always be respectful. Avoid actions and statements you would not want a judge or jury to hear about.

6. Do not delay in taking legal action. The law limits the period of time you have to file claims against your employer for discrimination or retaliation. If you do not file your claim in a timely manner, it may be lost forever. Ask an experienced attorney what statutes of limitation apply to your particular claims.

7. Obtain a copy of your personnel records. During the time you are employed, and for the first year after you leave an employer, you are entitled to a copy of your personnel records within seven days of your written request. If your employer refuses to comply, report it to the Illinois Department of Labor. Seek legal counsel on when would be the best time to make such a request.

8. Consider whether you may be entitled to unemployment compensation. If your employer states that you will be terminated if you do not resign, you will probably be entitled to unemployment compensation unless you have engaged in some type of misconduct.

9. Do not discount your ability or worth as an employee. Remember that although you may have no control over whether you may be terminated, you can exercise control over how you feel and what you do. If you were terminated even though you performed well for your employer, remind yourself daily that employees are often terminated for reasons that have nothing to do with their abilities, performance, or worth.

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