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Illinois Whistleblower Laws

A whistleblower is someone who notifies authorities about a safety violation or other information about his or her employer that is a matter of public concern. For example, a coal miner who notifies the Environmental Protection Agency about his employer's illegal dumping of coal ash would be considered a whistleblower. Illinois whistleblower laws only protect employees of state and local governments.

The main provisions of Illinois whistleblower laws are listed in the following table. See Whistleblower Protections for a general overview.

Code Section 5 ILCS 395/.01, et seq.
Prohibited Employer Activity Can not reprimand, suspend, discharge, demote, deny promotion or transfer because employee of a constitutional officer reports violation of any law, rule, regulation, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or substantial and specific danger to public health and safety unless disclosure is prohibited by law
Protection for Public or Private Employees? Public (note: federal law extends whistleblower protections to private sector employees of federal contractors and subcontractors)
Opportunity for Employer to Correct? -
Remedies Reinstatement; two times back pay; interest on back pay; and/or payment of reasonable costs and attorneys' fees.
Penalties -

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois employment attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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