What You Need to Know about At-Will Employment in Illinois.

Understanding “at-will” employment can be vital for employees looking to sue their employer. Here’s everything you need to know about at-will employment in Illinois.

What is “At-Will” Employment?

Some states are “at-will” employment states, meaning a state permits an employer to fire an employee without reason. “At-will” states do not protect employers from firing an employee, violating their contract, or firing based on discrimination or other federal statutes.

Related: Illinois Right-to-Work Laws

Why does “At-Will” Employment Matter?

In instances of employee termination, the affected party may want to look into a wrongful termination lawsuit. However, at-will employment states will make that lawsuit difficult to prove as at-will employment states offer employers more protection in handling their employees. Such protections stipulate that an employer does not have to provide a reason for the termination of an employee.

Illinois is an “at-will” employment state, meaning that employers can terminate an employee at any time for any reason.

Related: Access to Personnel Files in Illinois

However, such protections do not protect the employer when the employee contract states an employer must give a reason prior to termination. Further, at-will employment states do not allow employers to discriminate against employees.

If discrimination is suspected, affected parties can find resources and file a claim at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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