Employers have the right to terminate employees for valid reasons like poor performance, reorganizing the company, misbehavior in the workplace, and unethical actions on the employee’s part. Under Illinois at-will employment law, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason without warning or even giving the employee a reason for the termination – except for illegal reasons. When an employee’s termination is an act of discrimination or retaliation, it is a wrongful termination and you should contact our Skokie Wrongful Termination Attorney.
A wrongful termination is one that violates the employee’s rights in some way, such as the right to a workplace free of race-based discrimination or the right to join a labor union. A few examples of wrongful terminations include:
Do everything you can to determine whether your termination was truly wrongful. You might actually have been terminated for a legitimate reason, which can be as simple as that your employer did not feel your personality meshed well with the rest of your team. As objectively as possible – having a colleague who understands the situation provide an objective perspective will help – answer the following:
Answering these questions will help you determine whether you were actually a wrongful termination victim or not. The information you gather will also be useful evidence to support your wrongful termination claim if you choose to file one with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Other important documents to include with your claim are those showing how you suffered financially from the termination, like a record of the wages you should have been earning, but have not earned, since your termination. Other financial damages could include your loss of employment benefits and your stunted ability to find new employment due to an unfair non-compete agreement or a ruined reputation within your industry.
Not all terminations are legal. If you feel you have been a victim of wrongful termination, discuss your situation with our experienced Skokie Wrongful Termination Attorneys to determine the most productive way to proceed with your case and pursue compensation for the damages you suffered as a result. Get started with the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline today.
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