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Employee Who Sued Kane County for Wrongful Termination Secures Large Settlement

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by

A former sheriff’s deputy did not take his termination lying down. He stood up and took action by filing a complaint in the United States District Court of Northern Illinois. The sheriff’s deputy alleged that he was fired due to his political leanings and the concern by his supervisor that he would run against him…

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Avoiding a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit: Employer Responsibilities

Posted on: October 28th, 2017 by

Although it is against the law to discriminate against pregnant employees and applicants, employers continue to violate federal and state labor and employment laws more than you might think. While cases of blatant discrimination do exist, many employers that get slapped with a workplace discrimination lawsuit are surprised to learn they did anything wrong. Find out what you can…

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Wrongful Termination in an At-Will Employment State

Posted on: October 28th, 2017 by

Like almost every other state in the U.S., Illinois is considered an “at-will” employment state. This means employers and employees can end their working relationship “at will,” meaning, whenever they want and for whatever reason. While an employer can fire an employee with or without notice for almost any reason, there are still limitations and…

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Proving Workplace Discrimination Based on Race, Ethnicity, or National Origin

Posted on: October 28th, 2017 by

It is against state and federal law to treat a person negatively in hiring or employment aspects because of his or her race, ethnicity, or nation of origin. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibit employment discrimination based on race and several other protected classifications. The best way to find…

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Can an Employer Fire an Employee Who is Part of a Hate Group?

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by

With the recent hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, still on everyone’s minds, employers are wondering about how this affects them and their businesses as a whole. Businesses tend to hire workers who have the same values as the company. So what happens when a business is associated with having racist white supremacist as an employee?…

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Age Discrimination: What Are Your Rights?

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by

With many employers looking for fresh young talent, age discrimination is on the rise. Age discrimination occurs when an employee faces unfavorable treatment based on age. Those age 40 and older are protected by law. Age discrimination laws affect all aspects of employment, including hiring, layoffs, firing, training, pay, benefits and promotions. If you feel your employer is…

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Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by

In an ideal world, employees would be hired and remain employed with companies based on their performance. Unfortunately, many people are fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation—including being transgender. There is no specific federal law banning employers from discriminating against transgender employees. However, many courts interpret transgender discrimination as a form of…

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Fingerprint Time Clocks Pose Potential Problems for Employers

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 by

Biometric information is becoming more prevalent in our society, from fingerprints that unlock cellphones to facial recognition programs that identify individuals in pictures based upon their facial features. Some Illinois employers are even utilizing technology such as time clocks that utilize and store biometric data such as fingerprints from employees. While some business owners may feel this…

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You’ve Been Fired – What You Need to Know if You Were Terminated Unlawfully

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 by

Being unexpectedly terminated from your employment can be a disrupting experience – especially when it comes with little or no warning. It can also be particularly troubling if you believe that you were terminated on account of your race, ethnicity, religion, or any other protected classification or characteristic. While Illinois is an at-will employment state and either…

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Strategies to Protect Your Business from Wrongful Termination Lawsuits

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 by

Terminating an employee creates a risk that the employee may file wrongful termination lawsuits if their employment with a company unexpectedly and unwillingly comes to an end. Even though Illinois is considered an “at-will” employment state, this does not mean that Illinois employers can terminate their employees for any reason at all. Specifically, terminating an employee because…

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