DSW Worker A ‘Whistleblower’ For Calling Cops, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (October 30, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge has handed a victory to a former DSW employee who claimed she was wrongly fired after reporting potential shoplifters to police instead of the store’s loss-prevention department, saying whistleblower protections extend to workers who report suspected wrongdoing by third parties.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca M. Pallmeyer on Thursday flatly disagreed with DSW Shoe Warehouse Inc.’s main argument that the Illinois Whistleblower Act was only intended to protect employees who report supposedly illegal acts of an employer, not those of a third party,...
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Case Title

Coffey v. DSW Shoe Warehouse, Inc.


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1:14-cv-04365

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Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit

442(Civil Rights: Jobs)

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Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer

Date Filed

June 12, 2014

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