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If you have faced termination from your employer, you need to ensure your rights are protected so you can receive the compensation, unemployment benefits and health insurance coverage you deserve. A lawyer who is familiar with Illinois termination law can guide you in this difficult time and help you receive everything you are owed after your termination. The Chicago law firm of Goldman & Ehrlic has a team of expert employee lawyers you should contact upon your layoff or termination from your employer.
Unlawful Termination Defined
Most employees are hired as “at-will” employees meaning the employer in a private industry has the right to fire or terminate an employee at any time for any lawful reason. Terminating an employee may be unlawful if:
- An implied contract exists and governs the terms of your employment. An implied contract is often considered valid if the employer promised employment for a specified time period.
- The employee was fired under circumstances that violate public policies. For example, an employer cannot terminate an employee for serving on jury duty, serving in the military, filing a complaint for illegal conduct, etc.
- The termination is based on a protected sector; race, color, age, national origin, disability and religion are protected and cannot be basis for firing an employee.
- The employer fired the employee for filing a workers compensation claim, reporting discriminatory behavior or sexual harassment, or reporting an OSHA violation.
If you feel your termination was unlawful, it is imperative to seek the counsel of Chicago termination lawyer. There are statutes of limitations in these legal matters, so it is important for you to begin your case as quickly as possible.
Receive the Benefits You are Owed after Termination
If you have a contract for your employment, you may be eligible for severance pay if your contract contains a severance clause and you are terminated. Most fired employees have the right to continue health coverage for a limited time after separation from the employer under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1986. Additionally, a person who is terminated may be able to receive unemployment compensation to help make ends meet while he or she searches for another job.
Contact the expert employment lawyers at the Chicago law firm of Goldman & Ehrlic to ensure you get what you deserve after termination.