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When is a Job Termination Wrong in Chicago?

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If your job loss was a result of your being fired, and you believe your termination was due to your legal rights being violated, the Goldman & Ehrlic law firm is your best resource to assist you in determining if you should pursue legal recourse against your former employer.

Wrongful Discharge in Chicago

The State of Illinois adheres to the employment-at-will doctrine as do the most states; however, the majority of states do have exceptions that protect employees from wrongful discharge. Illinois is one of 43 states allowing for the Public –Policy Exception where an employee may be considered wrongly terminated if there is a definitive public policy in place under the laws of that specific state (such as Illinois) whereby it is determined the employee was terminated due to his refusal to break a state law.  An example would be if the employee filed a workers’ compensation claim, and thus was terminated as a result of filing the claim; yet, there is a well-defined public policy stating that according to the laws established by that state, the employee cannot be discharged from his employment resulting from filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Exceptions that Result in Wrongful Termination

Another exception to the employment-at-will, for Chicago and the state of Illinois, would be the Implied-Contract Exception.  While most employees do not have specific written contracts with their employers, if an employer makes an oral agreement with an employee as to employment expectations for that specific employee, the oral agreement may be considered an implied-contract.  Another implied-contract exception could result from an employee handbook that may “imply” an agreement between the employer and the employee based upon the employee adhering to the employer’s rules, regulations, and policies, if an employer is not careful to include a waiver stating the handbook is not to be considered as a contract for employment.  Illinois is one of 38 states allowing the Implied-Contract Exception.

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