Every year thousands of people lose their jobs due to retaliatory discharge. Under the law, employers cannot fire an employee as a punishment for a protected activity. While the law in Illinois allows employers to fire their employees for any reason they deem fit, it provides certain protection to the workers as well. But due to confusion and lack of clarity regarding the legal rights, most employees do not realize that they have been made a victim of retaliatory discharge.
Retaliatory discharge is typically any sort of circumstance in which a worker or an employee is terminated for retaliation or punishment for performing or participating in a legally protected activity. Such legal action may include a discrimination claim, refusing to perform discriminatory behavior even if the employer asks, or whistleblowing about any illegal activity executed at the organization. Such form of discharge of an employee is wrongful termination. Employees facing such job termination should consult a reputable retaliatory discharge lawyer to help them defend their rights.