Wrongful Discharge Claims under FMLA

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees can take up to 84 days or 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical reasons or to provide care to immediate or closely related family members. All local, state, and federal government departments and private and public schools are required by the law to uphold FMLA. For private employers, they must have at least 50 employees for 20 weeks or more a year to be covered by FMLA. This act provides protection to employees going on leave and ensures that they will be able to return to the same positi... Read more

Different Forms of Religious Discrimination You Should Know About

In Illinois, if an employer treats an employee differently based on their religious beliefs, it is considered as discrimination under their human rights act. This means that your employer cannot make any comments at work, make job decisions, or even ask about your religion, as it is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the EEOC, discrimination cases based on religion have increased dramatically over the past two decades. Between 1997 and 2015, the number of claims on religious discrimination have risen by 41 pe... Read more

Severance Agreements and Age Discrimination – What You Should Know

When firing an employee, some employers use severance agreements to avoid potential claims down the line, especially in wrongful termination and discrimination cases. Generally, if an employee signs the dotted line of a release of claims and accepts the severance package, they may lose the right to file any possible claims forever. Before you sign anything, it is imperative for you to understand the ins and outs of severance agreements and your rights under state and federal laws. Age Discrimination and Severance Agreements under the OWBPA The ... Read more

Termination for Cause: How an Attorney Can Help

To avoid liability for wrongful termination, most employers have to provide a legitimate reason when firing an employee. They may say that you are being fired for misconduct, to cut costs, poor performance, or because the company is reorganizing its hierarchal structure. This is known as termination or firing for cause. Understanding Termination for Cause When an employer fires an employee for a specific cause, it is stated in the termination letter, which is handed over to the employee. Some examples of actions that may result in termination f... Read more

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