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How Does At-Will Employment Apply to Wrongful Termination?

At-will employment rule is a law in Illinois which indicates an employer can fire any employee for any given reason at any given time. However, if an employee is terminated for illegal reasons such as retaliation and discrimination, such termination will be considered as wrongful. By law, wrongful termination of an employee is a violation of their state and federal rights. Firing an employee based on gender, religious, sexual orientation and ethnicity will not be considered as at-will employment and it will instead be considered as wrongful termination.

Top FMLA Qualifying Events

If your organization is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA, eligible employees can avail up to 12 weeks of job-protected, but unpaid leave under an FMLA qualifying event. There are different FMLA qualifying events, which make an employee eligible for leaves.

When an Employer Talks to an Employee's Family About Workplace Matters

Workplace confidentiality is essential. Generally, employees are warned about disclosing any information related to the company or the nature of their work. Employers have issued warnings to employees, urging them to refrain from disclosing trade secrets to anyone, including their family members.

Preventing Pregnancy Discrimination

Pregnancy discrimination claims in the workplace are growing each day. As a result of this rising unfortunate trend, employers are facing exposure and liability. In 2018, about 2,790 pregnancy discrimination cases were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. An employer must take necessary steps to prevent pregnancy discrimination at workplace. Let us take a closer look at pregnancy discrimination and take some preventive measures to reduce this form of discrimination.

Wrongful Termination: Know Your Rights

The term 'wrongful termination' is an event where an employer fires or terminates an employee for reasons that are prohibited by law. However, there are several U.S. laws in that provide protection to employees against wrongful termination, especially when the case involves discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contracts, violation of policy, or whistleblowing.

Things to Remember When Hiring an Employment Discrimination Lawyer

Employment discrimination is still prevalent in the U.S. and hundreds of employees suffer from it. The good news is, there are several locals, state and federal laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protect employees from facing discriminatory behavior from their employers. This behavior includes discriminating against an employee on the basis of their age, race, religion, national origin, genetic information, pregnancy, disability and other characteristics.

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