A claim of retaliation in the workplace for complaining about discrimination can be costly and time consuming to defend against for public and private employers. The Chicago area retaliation claims attorneys at The Sotos Law Firm, P.C., have handled a wide variety of employment retaliation cases over the years and fully understand the nuance involved in ferreting out the facts of these claims. Through aggressive investigations, we are able to determine the veracity of the charges and develop an effective response.
Illinois Whistleblower Defense Attorney
Any claim of discrimination can lead to a claim of retaliation. Employees who claim they were discriminated against on account of race, sex, religion, politics, age or disability commonly include a claim alleging that they were retaliated against for complaining about discrimination. Such claims are frequently brought against private employers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. sec. 2000(e) (et. seq.), and against public employers under both Title VII and 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983. While Title VII contains statutory caps on the amount of damages that can be awarded to private sector employees in Title VII claims, claims against public sector employers under section 1983 do not have any caps on the amount of damages that can be assessed.
Currently there are 21 whistleblower protection statutes that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) administers. These statutes prohibit the termination or retaliation in any manner against an employee for exercising his or her rights under the OSH act. This includes participating in inspections, testifying in any proceedings related to an inspection or reporting any work-related injury, illness or death.
The False Claims Act assists the government in fighting fraud and provides monetary reward for someone who initiates a successful qui tam suit. Federal laws known as whistleblower laws carry protections for these individuals. One such protection is that, by law the person bringing the qui tam suit must be represented by an attorney, and the suit must be filed under a sealed docket kept by the clerk of the court. Thus, defending against them can be very complicated and drawn-out.
Claims of retaliation are increasing in number, and each one requires a thorough review of all extenuating circumstances surrounding it. The independent investigation team at The Sotos Law Firm has a reputation of fairness and integrity in performing sensitive, confidential investigations and reporting its findings. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.