Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
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We cannot give you the names of individual attorneys through Just Answer. What we can do is provide links to resources, where you can find an attorney.
In Illinois, if you want to find an employment attorney you may want to first try through this organization:
You can find trial attorneys through here:
Another place is the bar association's web site: http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/
Don't actually HIRE an attorney without first checking references. And don't try to pick the attorney's brain on the phone. Schedule an appointment and visit the office, like you would for a doctor!
I'm very sorry about your termination. Do you want to discuss what happened?
If you think that you were the victim of illegal discrimination (race, gender, national origin, disability, etc) and there are enough employees, in Illinois, you can file a complaint here: http://www.state.il.us/ihrc/forms/complaint.pdf
You can contact the EEOC here: http://www.eeoc.gov/ (there's a ton of great information at this website!)
If you start with the state agency, in most states they'll file a complaint with the EEOC on your behalf at the same time.
There are deadlines for filing, so don't delay!
Complaint investigations are free. They're not always the best, XXXXX XXXXX do get a free investigation. If it looks like they are going to file a "no cause" finding, withdraw your complaint before they do. That way, if you go to court, a "no cause" finding can't be used against you.
I'll assume that I have answered your question and will "ACCEPT" my answer unless I hear back from you with follow-up questions.
Bonuses of even a few dollars are much appreciated.
I REALLY appreciate POSITIVE FEEDBACK!
Jane Doe Deer
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How can I be of further help to you?
Today's Saturday. You're not likely to reach a practicing attorney on the weekend.
Do you have some specific questions you'd like to run by me?
I work from home, and I'm going back and forth between chores and questions, but am happy to try and help you further.
We can keep talking even after you accept.
Since you were coerced into signing a resignation, I suggest that you still go ahead and apply for unemployment on Monday, and also file an age discrimination complaint with both the state and federal agencies. As far as unemployment goes, don't get discouraged if you first get turned down. Appeal. A LOT of people win on appeal after being turned down initially.
If you had an employment contract, I especially urge you to sit down with an employment attorney and have him or her review the contract and the circumstances. It's not something I can do through JA, because that would be giving direct legal advice, and I can't do that.
Make sure when you make an appointment to talk with an attorney in person that the attorney has at least five years experience in employment discrimination. Larger law firms have more resources, and may be willing to take a case on contingency (commission) (You would have to pay costs).
I also want to suggest that if you need someone with whom to talk/cry/etc today, call your local Crisis Clinic number. You can talk with someone anonymously today. The person won't be able to address your legal issues, but it may be helpful.
I also want to suggest that you take good care of yourself, since this is indeed a major shock. Call your support system friends and get yourself some hugs, a backrub, etc. Unfortunately, yours is not the kind of problem that is going to be solved quickly, so you also need to start thinking of backup plans - financially and otherwise.
I am going to be gone for the next 30 to 60 minutes. I'd appreciate an "accept" of my answer, but as I said before, I'll keep writing to you if you'd like, even after you accept. I'm here to help people.
I wish I could give you a hug myself. I'm so sorry about what happened to you, but please, it's not the end of the world. (You know, one door closes and another opens).
My very best,
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