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A “whistleblower” is someone who reports misconduct or wrongdoing to the proper authorities. In an employment context, this usually means the whistleblower is someone on the inside who knows unlawful or unethical activity is going on, and reports it to either another employee or a superior.

Many people are fearful of whistleblowing, due to possible retaliation by the company, and will do so only under the condition of confidentiality.  However, today whistleblowers are protected from retaliation under both federal and state laws ― whichever is relevant. You can speak to a Chicago wrongful termination lawyer to learn more, especially if you believe you lost your job due to punishment for whistleblowing.

Sometimes whistleblowers receive rewards for their efforts. According to provisions of the False Claims Act, if the federal government recovers financial awards because of information provided by a whistleblower, the whistleblower is entitled to a portion of those funds. Many states have similar laws as well.

Our Chicago employment attorneys are well versed in representing both employees who have experienced retaliation due to whistleblowing, and employers who are accused of retaliatory behavior. Our dual perspective on this area of law makes us uniquely qualified to handle your case. We understand both sides of the equation, and are always ready for every possible scenario.

Goldman & Ehrlich brings 25 years of experience to the table. We defend you and your company with firm and persuasive attorneys who are skilled at mediation as well as litigation. Contact us today for your employment law questions and concerns.