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Whistle Blower Protection for State Employees

State employees are protected against retaliatory action when they:

  • disclose or threaten to disclose to a supervisor or a public body an activity, policy, or practice of any state agency, office or employee that the state employee reasonably believes to be a violation of law, rule or regulation; or
  • provide information to or testify before any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into a violation of law, rule, or regulation by any state agency, officer, or employee; or
  • assist or participate in a proceeding to enforce the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

Retaliatory action means:

  • Reprimand, discharge, suspension, demotion, denial of promotion or transfer, or change the terms or conditions of employment of any state employee that occurs in retaliation for an employee�s involvement in the protected activities, above.

Remedies if retaliation occurs may include:

  • reinstatement of employment;
  • two times back pay;
  • interest on back pay;
  • reinstatement of fringe benefits and seniority rights; and
  • payment of reasonable costs and attorneys� fees.

See State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/15-5 et. seq.