Illinois Court Rules That Ex-Employees Can Proceed With Retaliatory Discharge Claims

Illinois Court Rules That Ex-Employees Can Proceed With Retaliatory Discharge Claims

On July 21, 2011, the Illinois Appellate Court held that ex-employees of a seed company who reported to a former employee that seed bags weighed less than marked on the label are entitled to a trial on their retaliatory discharge claims. Although there are advantages to disclosing information directly to a government or law enforcement agency,1 the Court held that this is not required to establish a retaliatory discharge.

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