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5 Signs Your Boss Illegally Fired You

Aug. 26, 2020

Wrongful termination is illegal in Illinois. If you think your boss fired you because of these issues, you have every right to file a complaint against them with legal authorities:

Your Boss Retaliated Against You
For example, if you blew the whistle on your employer for failing to provide appropriate PPE for worker safety and were fired because of it, you can sue. According to the Illinois Whistleblower Act, employees who disclose illegal conduct to government officials are protected. However, despite this, some employers may still fire employees who speak up about anything illegal they discover in the workplace.

Your Boss Made False Claims About You
If you were terminated while your employer was making false claims about you and was slandering you – you have grounds to file a lawsuit. That’s because their slander can prevent you from getting gainful employment elsewhere.

You Took Time Off and Your Boss Fired You For it
If you took time off – according to state rules, and you were fired for it, you can sue your employer. This includes taking time off for jury duty, to take care of an immediate family member or to perform military service. Also, if your employer violated the rules of a union contract, you may have a claim against him/her.

Your Boss Fired You Because Of Your Pregnancy
If your boss terminates your employment right after you informed him/her you were pregnant and gave no probable cause for the decision, you have been discriminated against. If you cannot find any reason for termination except this one, even when you proved your pregnancy does not prevent you from doing your job, you can file a lawsuit against them.

You Were Fired Before Your Contract Expired
Your work contract specifies how long you will remain employed at a company. If your employer fires you before that term comes to a close, without probable cause, you have grounds for a lawsuit. However, if you were caught stealing or did not perform as well on the job as you were expected to, you probably won’t have a case.

Whether you were wrongfully terminated because you got pregnant or because your boss didn’t like you – despite performing well, you deserve aggressive legal representation. Get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael T. Smith in Schaumburg, IL, for a consultation today. We do not back down when it comes to defending the rights of employees who are treated unfairly by their employers.