As part of my job I prepare monthly vendor chargebacks. These chargebacks are then billed to the vendors. Each month I prepare the actual billing. Once I have the billing details per vendor my manager reviews them. Each month they then inflate the billing amounts to reach their monthly quotas. I then must "make up" additional billing detail to match this inflated amount. I am having a very real moral and ethical problem with this.
Well, the law says that if you quit without any reason attributable to the employer, you would not be eligible to collect benefits. You also must exhaust all reasonable alternatives to remain employed. This is the standard IDES will review your case under 601A when deciding whether to grant you the benefits. I do doubt you will be eligible if you quit the job because you have a moral dilemma. But after all it is up to the local office and ALJ to make a final decision.
More than likely, if you quit over your justifiable principles, you may be able to will can collect unemployment compensation. However, if your former employer appeals, your will have to go to hearing stage and your entitlement will be decided then. You should speak to an employment attorney to discuss your options and receive legal advice geared to\ward your particular situation.
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The answer is not to quit, but to remain employed and refuse to perform work that is illegal. The billing practice you have described is almost certainly an illegal practice. Pursuant to the Illinois Whistleblower Act, your employer cannot retaliate against you for refusing to participate in an act that results in a violation of state or federal law.
Refuse to do any work that is illegal. If your employer terminates your employment or otherwise disciplines you because of your refusal, you will likely be eligible for unemployment. You may also have a cause of action against your employer under the act.
I think it is best to consult with an employment attorney before doing anything though, so he or she can review your case in full and advise you accordingly.
Below is a link to the Illinois Whistleblower Act. Best of luck.
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