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Whistleblower & Anti-Retaliatory Statutes


The federal False Claims Act helps stop corruption against the government by stopping it and rewarding whistleblowers for the information they provide. Qui tam cases assist whistleblowers in helping stop many kinds of fraud against the government.

Plaintiffs, or realtors, involved in Qui tam lawsuits are protected under law from retaliation. They may also be awarded from 15 to 30 percent of the funds that are recovered by the government. It is important to note that realtors need to be represented by legal counsel.

If you are looking to learn more about the federal False Claims Act and Qui tam cases, please visit our Qui Tam/Federal False Claims page. The Milwaukee employment lawyers at McDonald & Kloth, LLC have successfully represented qui tam clients both individually and with government intervention. We understand that success of these sort of cases depends on a thorough investigation. If you or anyone you know has information about a fraud being perpetrated against the government, you should immediately contact McDonald & Kloth, LLC, for a free initial consultation.

The Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 ILCS 174, protects employees who disclose illegal conduct to government officials or refuse to participate in unlawful activities. An injured employee may seek a “make whole” remedy from the employer, including reinstatement with seniority; back pay with interest; and compensation for “any damages sustained as a result of the violation, including litigation costs, expert witness fees and reasonable attorney fees.”

Want to learn more about the Illinois Whistleblower Act? Visit our blog post, Understand the basics of the Illinois Whistleblower Act.

The Illinois False Claims Act, 740 ILCS 175, protects every citizen who “blows the whistle” on corruption (i.e., unlawful conduct) conducted by government officials and employees. A successful whistleblower may receive up to 30% of the amount recovered upon the conclusion of a successful whistleblower suit.

It is critical that you contact an employment attorney experienced in handling whistleblower cases prior to taking formal action. The attorneys at McDonald & Kloth, LLC, have handled countless whistleblower cases in a number of forums, and – regardless of whether you are an employer or an employee – will gladly assist you with your whistleblower matter.


Retaliation involves an employer taking adverse employment action against an employee when that employee has engaged in a protected activity. These adverse actions may include termination, demotion, reduction of pay, etc. “Protected activity” refers to activities that employees take part in that are protected under employment laws. These may include things such as filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, filing a charge with the U.S. EEOC, or whistleblowing on their employer.

If you believe you have been the victim of retaliation in the workplace, contact the Milwaukee employment lawyers at McDonald & Kloth, LLC. Learn more about how we can help with workplace retaliation. If you are looking to learn more about Illinois retaliatory discharge & whistleblower laws, visit our retaliatory discharge page.

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