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Filing a Whistleblower Claim

Protecting Your Rights as a Whistleblower

Chicago Whistleblower Lawyer

It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for engaging in activity which is protected by law, but this does not mean that you may not experience some form of retaliation. Many employers are unaware of your rights as a whistleblower and others may attempt to intimidate you into silence.

Several laws forbid employers from retaliating against employees who speak out against fraud, including:

  • The False Claims Act of 1863 - Encourages citizens to file qui tam lawsuits against contractors for defrauding the government
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - Protects whistleblowers from retaliation for reporting on violations of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations within publicly traded companies
  • The Dodd-Frank Act - Extends whistleblower protections to employees who report illegal activities in the financial services industry
  • Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act - Protects an employee from retaliation for filing complaints with OSHA
  • The Illinois Whistleblower Act - Protects an employee who report wrongdoing to a government agency

In addition, in Illinois, under the common law, courts have ruled that it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee for reporting actions that threaten the health, safety, or welfare of Illinois citizens.

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