Our firm represents people in a wide variety of employment and employment related settings.
Retaliatory Discharge/Wrongful Termination
We have a depth of experience in representing people who have been fired wrongfully. For instance, it is illegal in Illinois for your employer to fire you in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. It is also illegal for an employer to fire you because you “blew the whistle” on your employer for reporting unsafe or illegal conduct to an agency such as OSHA, EPA, IRS, etc. We protect workers who have been fired for “doing the right thing.”
We help our clients navigate filing claims for discrimination. Various state and federal statutes exist for the purpose of protecting employees and individuals from being discriminated against based Race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disabilities. These kinds of claims must begin with the appropriate federal or state agency. We help our clients find the right agency and work with the agency(ies) in pursuing justice for our client.
The Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Act, and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act serve to ensure that workers are paid fairly and promptly. Additionally, these laws protect your right to overtime pay and the right to collect unpaid overtime, unpaid bonuses and unpaid commissions.
Whistle Blower/Qui Tam
Sometimes Employees become aware that their employer is engaged in illegal activity. For instance, an employer may have knowledge that a doctor or hospital is defrauding Medicare/Medicaid, or that an employer is unlawfully inflating bills for services being rendered to a state, federal, or other government agency. There are very specific laws designed to encourage employees to report this conduct. These laws not only protect an employee from termination for reporting the misconduct, the also permit the “whistleblowing” employee to share in a percentage of any penalties recovered as a result of the employee’s tip.
What to do?
Employment law is fairly complex. If you believe you have a valid cause of action against your employer, the first thing you should do is consult with a competent employment lawyer. Short and Daugherty, P.C. has the experience to guide you through your employment issues and the backbone to fight for you. We don’t accept every employment case. If you are unsure, do not hesitate to call.