Hello again Beth and thank you for the additional information. I would still encourage you to speak to your attorney since they can delve deeper into the details, however, as I mentioned I can tell you what the legal issues are and what the law in general is in Illinois related to terminations.
As you may know, Illinois is what is known as an employment "at will
" state. That means that either party may terminate the employment arrangement for any, or no, reason and with no notice or warning. However, employers may not terminate an employee in violation of an employment contract
, or company policy, and may not target an employee for termination, or other adverse action, simply because that employee is a member of a protected class under employment discrimination
laws or in retaliation
for the employee exercising their rights under wage
or discrimination laws.
So, I would say the only issues that might be open to you for pursuing a wrongful termination
claim is if your employer violated their own policies regarding disciplinary or attendance policies, or if you are a member of a protected class and your manager targeted you for that reason. Otherwise, although unfair and perhaps arbitrary, the action would not be unlawful.
Again though I encourage you to follow up with HR, as you may be able to get reinstated if their investigations find irregularities. If not, then follow up with your local employment law
attorney and discuss any irregularities in company policy application, etc.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.