(210 ILCS 45/3-810)
(a) In this Section, "retaliatory action" means the reprimand, discharge, suspension, demotion, denial of promotion or transfer, or change in the terms and conditions of employment of any employee of a facility that is taken in retaliation for the employee's involvement in a protected activity as set forth in paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection (b).
(b) A facility shall not take any retaliatory action against an employee of the facility, including a nursing home administrator, because the employee does any of the following:
(1) Discloses or threatens to disclose to a
supervisor or to a public body an activity, inaction, policy, or practice implemented by a facility that the employee reasonably believes is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation.
(2) Provides information to or testifies before any
public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into any violation of a law, rule, or regulation by a nursing home administrator.
(3) Assists or participates in a proceeding to
enforce the provisions of this Act.
(c) A violation of this Section may be established only upon a finding that (i) the employee of the facility engaged in conduct described in subsection (b) of this Section and (ii) this conduct was a contributing factor in the retaliatory action alleged by the employee. There is no violation of this Section, however, if the facility demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that it would have taken the same unfavorable personnel action in the absence of that conduct.
(d) The employee of the facility may be awarded all remedies necessary to make the employee whole and to prevent future violations of this Section. Remedies imposed by the court may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Reinstatement of the employee to either the same
position held before the retaliatory action or to an equivalent position.
(2) Two times the amount of back pay.
(3) Interest on the back pay.
(4) Reinstatement of full fringe benefits and
(5) Payment of reasonable costs and attorney's fees.
(e) Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to diminish the rights, privileges, or remedies of an employee of a facility under any other federal or State law, rule, or regulation or under any employment contract.
(Source: P.A. 96-1372, eff. 7-29-10.)