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Springfield Wrongful Discharge Attorney

Illinois Retaliation Lawyer

Employers are not allowed to engage in retaliatory discharge or take adverse actions against employees who make complaints or participate in employee rights programs. Although Illinois is an employment at-will state, it is still illegal to fire someone for filing a workers’ compensation claim, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) participation or for any discriminatory reason.

I represent workers who have been fired due to discrimination of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, genetic information or disability. In addition, I take wrongful discharge cases based on participation in the FMLA, whistleblowing and workers’ comp. For a free initial consultation with a Springfield wrongful discharge lawyer, please call 217-280-4094 or contact me online.

Retaliatory Actions Involving The FMLA And Other Employee Rights

The FMLA covers federal and private sector employers with 50 or more employees. To be eligible, an employee must have worked for at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months preceding the leave. The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for family and medical reasons. Employees who return from FMLA leave must be given their original job or an equivalent job with equivalent pay, benefits and other terms and conditions.

Federal and state laws prohibit employer retaliation against government and private sector employees who take FMLA leave as well as employees who:

  • Filed for workers’ compensation
  • Complained about workplace discrimination or filed discrimination charges
  • Participated in discrimination investigations or lawsuits
  • Participated in the Whistleblower Protection Act
  • Refused to participate in illegal activity
  • Report safety violations
  • Make complaints about unpaid compensation

The law office of James A. Devine, Attorney at Law, provides experienced representation for workers who have been wrongfully discharged or had other adverse actions taken against them. To make an appointment, please call 217-280-4094.

For a free initial consultation, please call my Springfield office at 217-280-4094 or contact me online.