If you recently lost your job for reasons you feel were unjustified than there is a big chance that you were wrongfully terminated. The state of Illinois allows workers to work at their own will. It indicates that an employee can be fired for any reason, anytime or for no reason at all.
Consulting with a wrongful termination lawyer will highlight some exceptions to the will of employees rule. If you feel that the employer fired you for a reason not related to poor organizational performance or any other wrongdoing, then it could be discriminatory termination.
Termination Based on Discrimination
The Federal law states that it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee based on their protected characteristic. The law also prohibits employers from the termination of an employee based on sex, color, race, nationality, religious beliefs, citizenship status, disability, and age. Sometimes, employees are fired after getting an injury if that happens, contact a retaliatory discharge lawyer.
The law is applicable to employers with 15 or more employees. The termination based on age discrimination is applicable to companies with 20 plus employees. While terminating employees based on citizenship status is applicable to employers who holds 4 or more employees.
Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act permits employees to take some paid time off work to care for family members who are ill. The FMLA is established to help employees care for injured or ill family members as it is extremely important for the success of the working families.
The FMLA is established to assist workers when they need to help their families, however, the law does not in any instance indicate that an employee is entitled to skip work for days without any valid reason.
One of the most valid reasons for getting FMLA leave is to help a spouse or a partner welcome a new child into their home. Being a parent is important and employees need some time off work to adjust to the new routine.
If you feel that your employer is not granting you the mandatory time off, even for valid reasons, then discussing the issue with a Family and Medical Leave Act lawyer will provide all the necessary details about the law and its provisions.
For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, contact Law Office of John Smith to speak with an experienced attorney on this topic.