North Suburban Legal Services LLC is a Chicago area employment law firm with extensive experience defending companies against claims from former employees. We defend against wrongful termination lawsuits. Please be advised that this is only general information.
If you are currently facing a legal issue — or if you believe you might face one in the future — we urge you to call us at (312) 909-6089. We provide a free, no-obligation initial consultation so you can obtain the latest details and better understand your legal position before you make any further decisions.
Workers often feel wronged when they are fired. However, a successful wrongful termination claim against your company would have to prove a violation of an employment contract or a public policy.
More often than not, employees do not have specific contracts. Employees without contracts in Illinois are employed “at will”.
At-will employees may quit for essentially any reason. Similarly, you may fire your at-will employees for any reason — as long as that reason is not illegal. Here are some of the times when firing an at-will employee might violate the law:
Please note that wrongful termination claims in Illinois might also arise if the employee quits. This is called constructive discharge. In these cases, the argument against you would likely be that you created a hostile work environment and made it necessary to quit.
Wrongful termination claims could result in significant losses for your company. As such, a strategic approach is often necessary, and some business owners do legal research proactively. Here is an example of an inclusive strategy:
If you believe you are at risk, we urge you to contact one of our employment attorneys. We are available to represent companies in lawsuits, assess risk factors, or proactively consult regarding your company policies.
North Suburban Legal Services LLC serves clients in Chicago, Schaumburg, and throughout all of Illinois. Please do not hesitate to call (312) 909-6089 to schedule your free consultation.