Retaliatory discharge of an employee without legitimate grounds to dismiss is a form of wrongful termination. An employer may act in retaliatory discharge due to revenge when an employee refuses to carry out a task that is either illegal or may go against general norms of the workplace. According to the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, it is unlawful for an employer to engage in retaliatory discharge if an employee is exercising their legal rights. Retaliatory discharge is unlawful when an employee commits to following:
Retaliation in the workplace occurs when an employee makes a complaint regarding malpractices, discrimination - or if an employee is accused of whistleblowing. In any case, the employer is not required to retaliate.