If you believe you are the victim of discrimination or you were wrongfully terminated from your job, you should consult a lawyer to discuss the potential for bringing a claim against your employer.
While Illinois is an “employment at will” state, and employers have a great deal of latitude in terminating employees, there are laws in place that protect employees from Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, and age, and in some cases, other specific categories. Newly enacted in 2005 by the State of Illinois, sexual orientation has been added to existing anti-discrimination laws. Other laws prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee for filing a claim under the Workers’ Compensation Act or for “blowing the whistle” on an employer’s illegal activity. An employment contract or handbook may also expand an employee’s rights.
Employees must understand their rights in the work environment. Many federal, state, and even local laws prohibit discrimination and harassment in employment, but the legal requirements and procedures are exceptionally complicated. This office is committed to guiding clients through these laws to determine if they have been victims of harassment, discrimination, a hostile work environment, or wrongful termination. Contact any of our Illinois wrongful termination lawyers; we are here to investigate and litigate these cases for our clients.