il employment lawI did a very stupid thing by going into my supervisor's private file he keeps on me. In it I found notes that were subjective in nature. I happened to tell a "friend," who subsequently turned me in. Can this be grounds for my dismissal? I should mention I am female, over 50, with a documented mental illness. Thanks
State/Country relating to question: Illinois
nothing, this just happened today
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience. Hopefully I can help you with your legal question.Can you tell me is the job you are in a union job? Or are you otherwise a Contract Employee?
Nonunion and not a contract. I have been with the company 12 years.
ThanksAnd sorry to have to bear bad newsIL is an "At Will" state for Employment Law matters.As an "at will" employee, the employer can fire you for no reason at all. Or they can fire you for "cause" (if you do something in violation of company policy or the law).The one thing that they can not do is fire for a "bad reason".Now, a bad reason would be if they fired you based on your race, your gender, your religion, your age (if your over 40), disability, or marital status.So, if the reason was "we think you were snooping in the files"....if that was the reason, its not going to be easy to sue them and win for wrongful Termination. That is because they can fire you for no reason at all.Again, I am sorry to have to bear bad news.
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