STATE OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEE ETHICS ACT – WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS, 5 ILCS 430/15-10.
Brian J. Graber, Ltd., represents State employees retaliated against by the State of Illinois in violation of Ethics Act. The Ethics Act’s Whistleblower Protections apply to all employees employed by the State of Illinois. The Whistleblower Protections of the Ethics Act provide some of the broadest and most generous remedies to employees of the State of Illinois who have suffered retaliation for engaging in certain protected activities described by the Act. The Ethics Act’s Whistleblower Protections defines “retaliatory action” as including reprimands, discharge, suspension, demotion, denial or promotion or transfer, or change in the terms and conditions of employment of any State employee, that is taken in retaliation for a State employee’s involvement in protected activity.
The Ethic Act’s Whistleblower Protections makes it unlawful for an officer, a member, a State employee, or a State agency to take any retaliatory action against a State employee who has engaged in any of the following protected activities:
- Discloses or threatens to disclose to a supervisor or to a public body an activity, policy, or practice of any officer, member, State agency, or other State employee that the State employee believes is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation.
- Provides information to or testifies before a public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into any violation of a law, rule, or regulation by any officer, member, State agency, or other State employee.
- Assists or participates in a proceeding to enforce the provisions of this Act.
A violation of the Ethics Act’s Whistleblower Protection provisions is established if a State employee engages in any of the three protected activities described above and that protected activity was a contributing factor in the retaliatory action alleged by the State employee.
If you are an employee of the State of Illinois and believe your employer retaliated against you in violation of the Ethics Act’s Whistleblower Protection provisions, contact Brian J. Graber, Ltd., at (312) 291-4648 for a free consultation.