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 employeeï¿½s 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 attorneysï¿½ fees.
See State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, 5 ILCS 430/15-5 et. seq.