It is unconscionable when an employer refuses to correct unsafe work conditions that expose employees to danger. However, it is even worse when employers retaliate against employees who report safety hazards to the appropriate authorities. If you work in Chicago and take action against an employer as a whistleblower, an attorney can help you protect your rights and seek compensation for damages.
Workers become whistleblowers when they file a formal complaint, participate in an official inspection or raise a health or safety issue with their employer. The federal government has a program called The Whistleblower Protection Program, which is established by OSHA (the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration). According to OSHA, more than 20 whistleblower statutes protect employees who report violations against retaliation. This protection extends to workers in a vast number of industries – including airlines, trucking, consumer products, environmental, financial reform, food, health insurance reform, motor vehicle safety, railroads, public transportation, pipelines, nuclear, maritime and securities laws. The types of retaliation that employers use in response to a whistleblower report can range from job termination, failure to rehire, blacklisting, demotion, denied promotion, denied benefits, reduced pay, or unpaid overtime to threats and intimidation.
Whistleblower retaliation can be a complicated legal area and employees are wise to consult with Chicago lawyers and protect their rights prior to taking action.
The Law Offices of Mitchell A. Kline draws on years of experience in this legal area, including Mitchell Kline’s experience as an administrative law judge for the Illinois Human Rights Commission.