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Many companies will not hesitate to use common scare tactics when they wrongfully discharge an employee. There are a number of accusations that employers use as a cause to discharge an employee; however, it does not necessarily exempt the employee from suing for a wrongful discharge even in “at will” states.
Common Scare Tactics that Companies Use When They Wrongfully Discharge an Employee
If an employer desires to coerce an employee into leaving, they may use several scare tactics such as:
- Consistently and frequently changing your job title and/or position
- Attempting to force you to work on an undesirable assignment that you may deem questionable in regards to the legality
- Being injured on the job and attempting to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, or other benefits delineated in your contract, but your employer fires you during the process
- Sexual discrimination
- Race discrimination
- Threatening to retaliate for exercising your rights
- Threatening retaliation for reporting sexual or any type of harassment
Employees that are fired from their jobs for any reason often feel inferior and blame themselves even if they know in their hearts that they were wrongfully discharged. Employers commonly believe that they can prevent an employee from suing them if they can convince the employee that their firing was justified, and due to the at-will law in place in their state, the employee will be foolish to pursue them through the court system. This couldn’t be further from the truth; every individual has the right to work in an environment free of any types of threats or scare tactics, and Illinois has laws in place to protect our citizens.
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If you have been wrongfully discharged and you believe your employer used one of the common scare tactics to wrongfully discharge you, contact Goldman & Ehrlich today for a free consultation to discuss your rights and legal options.