Illinois employees and employers typically have an at-will employment relationship, meaning either party can end the relationship at any time. That is why you can choose to quit your job with no legal recourse when life changes and it is time to move on. Employers can do the same thing when they have changing business needs, but what they cannot do is choose to terminate your employment for illegal reasons.

Even if you feel you were fired or let go for an unfair reason, that reason must technically violate a federal antidiscrimination law or contract term to be a viable wrongful termination claim. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help you understand whether you have a claim and what can be done to protect your rights under employment law.

Our Legal Team Cares About Your Rights

At Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, we are long-standing employee advocates who believe that every worker deserves fair treatment on the job. Unfortunately, many of our clients have experienced the opposite. They have faced harassment at work (sexual and otherwise), they have faced workplace discrimination (on the basis of age, race, sex, gender, etc.) and they have struggled with employers who do not uphold wage and hour laws and other employment law requirements.

On top of issues that create a hostile work environment, they often face retaliation from employers when the issues are brought up to supervisors, human resource representatives and others. This retaliation often takes the form of wrongful termination when a worker is fired or "let go" after bringing up employment law violation concerns. This in and of itself is a violation of workers' rights.

Contact Our Lawyers Today

If you lost your job and believe it was for unlawful reasons, contact our offices either in Chicago or Geneva and arrange a consultation. We can be reached online or by telephone at 630-232-7450. We are here to make sure your voice is heard.