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Navigating Employment Discrimination

Even in 2019, employment discrimination is a subject of concern across many workplaces in the country. The issue of minimum wage, hiring people of certain race or ethnicity, forcefully asking employees to work under hostile environment or refusing to promote individuals because of personal enmity are some examples of employment discrimination. In such conditions, knowing your rights can help you overcome discrimination at the workplace and provide for a safe working environment.

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.

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.

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