Many workers are fired or terminated from their jobs. While many people take employment termination pretty hard, it is important to carefully analyse your termination to determine whether your termination was wrongful. Many workers in Illinois are “at-will” employees, meaning that either the worker, or the employer, may terminate the work relationship for any reason. However, the termination of a worker cannot violate:
If an employee’s termination violates an employment agreement, state or federal law, then there is a good chance that the employee was wrongfully terminated.
Some workers have an employment agreement with their employer that lays out the terms and conditions of the worker’s employment. An employment agreement is a legally binding contract, which cannot be terminated prior to its prescribed conclusion (e.g., the end date of the employment agreement specified in the employment agreement, or prior to the completion of a project by the worker). Early termination of an employee who has an employment agreement places the employer in breach of the employment contract. Employees who are wrongfully terminated in violation of an employment agreement can seek legal remedies under contract law.
As a general rule, workers can be fired for good reason, or no reason at all. However, if the reason that a worker is fired is an illegal one, i.e., the basis for the employee’s termination is based on something that violates state or federal law, then the termination is wrongful. Reasons for a termination that are illegal include:
When a worker is wrongfully terminated under the law, the worker could be entitled to damages. Based on the reasons why you were terminated, you may be entitled to statutory damages, other expenses, and/or lost wages. In some cases, you may be eligible for punitive damages (damages that the employer has to pay you as punishment for its wrongful actions), attorney’s fees and court costs.
If you think that you have been wrongfully terminated and would like to discuss your situation with an experienced Bridgeport wrongful termination lawyer, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline. Our lawyers have worked with numerous clients who faced wrongful termination and we can help you too. Contact our Bridgeport, Illinois wrongful termination attorneys today for a free consultation.