Illinois is an at-will employment state, meaning that employers can fire employees at any time and for any reason. Likewise, employees can also leave a job without reason and at any time. However, an employer’s decision to fire an employee is limited and there are instances in which it is illegal to fire an employee for certain reasons. Any time an employee in Evanston feels he or she has been wrongfully terminated, that person should speak to an Evanston wrongful termination lawyer for help.
There are times when Evanston employers cannot fire an employee, even though Illinois is an at-will employment state. Some types of wrongful termination include:
When it is suspected that an employer has terminated an employee based on any of these factors, the employee has several options to explore.
In some cases, employees who have been wrongfully terminated can file a claim with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. For example, an employee who was wrongfully terminated based on his or her protected characteristics is eligible to make a claim with this agency.
Employees wrongfully terminated based on discriminatory reasons can file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These claims can also be filed with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. A wrongful termination attorney can advise employees on which agency is best suited to take their claim.
Another option for employees who have been wrongfully terminated is to file a lawsuit against their employer. A lawsuit will hold the employer responsible for the wrongful termination, which could deter them from wrongfully terminating other employees in the future. A lawsuit can also provide an employee who has been wrongfully terminated with certain types of compensation.
Employees fired illegally may think that taking action will only result in them getting their job back, and often they believe this is enough. However, filing a lawsuit or reporting the employer to a government agency can result in the employee receiving more compensation than simply having a job reinstated. This compensation may include:
After hearing the full facts of a wrongful termination case, an attorney can advise on the types of compensation for which a person might be eligible.
No one who thinks he or she is a victim of wrongful termination should try to fight the injustice alone. A wrongful termination attorney in Evanston can review the case and provide guidance on the best course of action to take. If you have been fired and you believe the action was not taken in accordance with Illinois law, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline. We will review all the facts of your case and fight to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.