The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that an investigation had determined that two employees of the Illinois Central Railroad who blew the whistle on injuries taking place in a rail yard were subjected to unlawful retaliation. Because employees have a right to report a workplace injury, the employer was ordered to pay each of them damages and lost wages.
Over 100 pro-football players have filed lawsuits against the NFL, including former star Chicago Bears defensive back Shaun Gayle. Gayle is suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussive brain injury that causes cognitive deficits such as short-term memory loss and headaches.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined Volvo for allowing 32,000 potentially-defective vehicles to remain on highways longer than necessary. The car maker allegedly violated federal regulations that demand timely product recalls on vehicles in Illinois and around the country.
Elderly people in Illinois nursing homes and care facilities nationwide are vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Seniors, who often lack the ability to communicate clearly, might receive suspicious injuries or exhibit symptoms that are blamed on age or illness. What a parent or grandparent might not be able to say is that caregivers are assaulting, restraining, depriving or overmedicating them.