Willis Backing Legislation to Crackdown on Negligent Employers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In a move that will help workers statewide, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is supporting legislation that will hold employers accountable for the mistreatment of their employees.

“It’s unfortunate that some employers in our state force their employees work in dangerous conditions,” Willis said. “This legislation will help us better protect workers from both financially and physical abuse.”

Senate Bill 193 will empower the Attorney General in order to bring lawsuits regarding the violations of laws by employers such as the Prevailing Wage Act, the Minimum Wage Act, and the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act. At the moment, the Attorney General can only file suit under the state’s employment laws if directed by the Department of Labor. If passed, the legislation will remove that requirement. This measure will also create a task force to promote better cooperation between the Attorney General and the State’s Attorneys in order to better enforce violations of employment laws.

“In order for our state to be successful, our workers must be successful and safe,” Willis said. “By removing bureaucratic red tape, the Attorney General will be able to better protect workers and bring negligent companies to justice.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.