Attorneys Handling Wrongful Termination Matters in Springfield, Illinois
Lawyers enforcing fair employment practices in the Peoria area
Illinois is an at-will state, meaning that an employee may be terminated at any time for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason at all; however, an employee may not be terminated for an illegal reason. An illegal termination case usually involves either a claim of discrimination or retaliation.
Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. is committed to fair labor and employment practices for both employees and employers. Our employment law attorneys quickly assess the situation and accurately evaluate your potential claim and liability. We have been proud to provide these services during our 180 combined years of legal practice.
Common events leading to wrongful termination
The broad categories of discrimination and retaliation can manifest in a number of ways:
- Discrimination can include a decision based on race, sex, national origin, age or religion.
- Failure to follow procedure is a subset of discrimination; for example, in its haste to fire an employee, a company may ignore its own procedure of verbal warning, written warning, suspension and termination.
- Retaliation may occur when a company fires a whistleblower or an employee who filed a discrimination claim.
- Refusal to commit an illegal act may also lead to retaliation.
Events triggering wrongful termination lawsuits
An Illinois court does not consider an employment discrimination or a wrongful termination lawsuit until two things have happened:
- Actual termination. Some jurisdictions recognize a cause of action for constructive discharge, meaning that the employee was not fired, but instead demoted or forced to take a pay cut. But in Illinois, the plaintiff must have actually been fired because of the illegal reason.
- Exhaustion. The courts are designed to be a forum of last resort. Before you can file a lawsuit, you must first bring your claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for investigation and possible corrective action.
We assist wrongfully terminated employees and explain the process of seeking a legal remedy for your employer’s discriminatory actions. While EEOC is the federal agency responsible for oversight and enforcement of laws against employment discrimination, you need an experienced labor and employment lawyer dedicated to your case.
Your employer must state the reasons for your termination
If a plaintiff makes claims that the discharge was illegal, the employer must offer a legal reason for its decision. If you win your wrongful termination case, you may be entitled to:
If your employer retaliated against you for bringing a discrimination, workers’ comp, whistleblower or other claim, you may be able to pursue a combination of these legal remedies.
Contact aggressive litigation attorneys handling wrongful discharge claims in the Jacksonville area
Your Londrigan Potter Randle attorney gets to work quickly on your case by gathering the facts and researching the law, then representing you zealously in court. Contact Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. at 866.658.3248 or online to schedule your free consultation. Weekend and after-hours appointments are available in our spacious offices near downtown Springfield.