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I posted on Facebook that suicide hotline was a joke and don't bother yesterday. I came into work today I was running 1/2 late never been late beforeand they sent me home telling me to take time off when I ask when I can return they told me they will let me know
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Can they legally do this, I am in Illinois and at will Employeed, but I feel discriminated against
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I understand. Could you help me understand why you feel they discriminated against you?

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Can they keep me from getting unemployment
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
They said because of my post I am mentally unstable
Employment Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

I understand. If that is the case, then it is probable you were discriminated against. Generally, an employer cannot discriminate against an individual under 29 USC 2000e-2, which defines that discrimination on the basis of a protected characteristic is illegal. Disability is a protected characteristic, whether that disability is mental or physical. Thus, if you feel as if that was a determining factor as to why they terminated you, then yes, you would be able to go after them and no, it is not legal.

As far as unemployment is concerned, they might be able to stop you from getting unemployment, but only if they can prove to the state that it was a non-discriminatory reason you were terminated and can also prove you were terminated for 'gross misconduct." If they cannot prove it, then the state will provide you with unemployment benefits while you look for a job.

Did you have any other questions for me at all?

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