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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.

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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.

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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.

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Are Employment Agreements Important?

An employment contract is an agreement based on the business relationship established between an employee and an employer, in accordance with the Employment Contract Act under the Illinois labor law.

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Examples of Employer Retaliation

Retaliation in the workplace occurs when an employee makes a complaint regarding malpractices, discrimination – or if an employee is accused of whistleblowing. In any case, the employer is not required to retaliate.

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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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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.

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Protection Against Wrongful Termination in Illinois

Illinois is an At-Will employment state, which means employers hold the right to terminate an employee for any reason at any time. If you are working with your employer under a contract, then the terms and conditions of the contract will determine if your employer can terminate you or not. In the absence of any mutual contract between employee and employer in Illinois would indicate you are working as an “at-will employee.”

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Protection Against Whistleblower Termination

A whistleblower is an individual who voluntarily discloses the misconduct and wrongdoing of their employer to the public. A whistleblower is usually a person of authority who willingly discloses illegal operations and misconduct of his/her employer in both private and public sector companies. In the U.S., whistleblowers are protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989.

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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.

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