Retaliatory Discharge / Whistleblowing
Employers may not fire employees who report certain illegal activity or refuse to participate in certain illegal activity. This protection is based on statutory law and common law. For example, the Illinois Whistleblower Act prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee who refuses to participate in an activity that would result in a violation of a state or federal law, rule or regulation. Similarly, Illinois common law recognizes a cause of action for retaliatory discharge if an employer fires employees who report certain illegal conduct that violates an important public policy or avail themselves of certain rights under the law, such as workers’ compensation benefits.
This is only a brief explanation of retaliatory discharge claims. If you think you have been fired unlawfully, you should consult with an attorney.