The Illinois Whistleblower Act – Amended Again


The Illinois Whistleblower Act – Amended Again

Sep 21, 2010

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The Illinois Whistleblower Act (the “Act”) (740 ILCS 174/1 et seq.) strikes fear in the hearts of many employers. This is due to the statutory damages associated with employer violations, and recent amendments which make it easier for employees to bring claims under the Act. However, employers need not fear the Act, as long as they understand its provisions and follow simple practice pointers designed to effectively manage “whistleblowing” employees.

Purpose of the Act

The Illinois Whistleblower Act, as originally enacted, was designed to provide employees who report an employer’s violation of the law with a statutory cause of action for retaliatory discharge…