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Illinois Retaliation Defense Attorneys

Skilled Retaliation Claims Defense Lawyers Serving Clients in Illinois and Nationwide

Illinois retaliation defense lawyers

When an employee lodges a claim of discrimination, it can often lead to an accompanying claim of retaliation. The federal government defines retaliation as "an adverse action taken against a covered individual because he or she engaged in a protected activity." When an employer is accused of retaliation, it is important to speak with an experienced employer liability defense attorney as soon as possible, so you understand your rights and options.

For more than two decades, BCM Law, P.C. has defended employers and their insurers in discrimination, retaliation, and all other types of employer liability cases in Illinois, Missouri and throughout the country. Our award-winning lawyers have been recognized by our peers for our strong track record of success, and our commitment to aggressively advocating for the interests of each client we serve. When a client retains our services, we go to work immediately to gather all the facts of the case and prepare a strong defense. Our swift and thorough approach puts our clients in a position to resolve cases more quickly and at a lower cost.

Retaliation Claims in Illinois

Employees who allege discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, disability, or any other protected class often claim that the employer also engaged in retaliation. This would typically occur in the form of an action taken by the employer to prevent the employee from (or punish an employee for) engaging in a protected activity; such as alleging discrimination, refusing to obey an order they believe to be discriminatory, or being part of a discrimination proceeding. Examples of adverse actions include:

  • Refusal to Hire
  • Denial of a Promotion
  • Termination
  • Poor Performance Evaluations
  • Threats and Intimidation

Federal Whistleblower Statutes

The federal government encourages "whistleblowers" to come forward with evidence of discrimination, retaliation, or other illegal activity at their workplace. As such, there are numerous statutes that provide protection for whistleblowers, including:

  • The Federal Whistleblower Protection Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • The False Claims Act
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Because of all the federal protections, defending retaliation claims can be a complex and protracted process. For this reason, it is always best to consult with experienced legal counsel before taking any actions against an employee that could be legally construed as retaliatory. If you are already facing a retaliation claim, however, our seasoned attorneys are there to guide you through each step in the process skillfully toward a favorable resolution.

For a consultation with one of our Illinois retaliation defense attorneys, contact us today at 312-425-3131. From our offices in Chicago and Bloomington/Normal, we provide representation for clients in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, and throughout the country.

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • DRI
  • The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Self-Insurers' Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • DRI
  • The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Self-Insurers' Association
10 South LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-425-3131
211 Landmark Drive, Suite C2
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4914
1015 Locust Street, Suite 914
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-300-0527
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