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Q: Can a person be terminated for consensually dating a co-worker that is not a supervisor?
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Ethan White answered on Feb 7, 2019

Simple answer is probably yes. Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all, so long as it is not discriminatory. But firing a person because the employer does not like the dating between employees is unlikely to be... Read more »

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Q: Can my temp agency that i work for deny me direct deposit saying they dont do that.
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Ethan White answered on Jan 4, 2019

In short, yes. So long as your employer is paying you all the compensation you've earned, there is not a legal requirement that it be paid in a particular way.

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Q: I worked in Kansas and I currently live in Illinois I filed a complaint with the EEOC in Kansas and received a right to

sue letter I'm looking for pro bono lawyer. Do I look in Illinois or Kansas?

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Ethan White answered on Nov 19, 2018

You could likely file in the Federal district court of either state, but there is a strong possibility it would get transferred from Illinois to Kansas since that is where the events occurred and where many witnesses will reside. Good luck.

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Q: My boss only hires young women for my company even though men interview, too.

How do I know if it's just coincidence or if it's gender discrimination?

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Ethan White answered on Oct 30, 2018

Unfortunately, the simple answer is you probably don't know without more evidence. In a lawsuit, your lawyer would take discovery from the employer through written questions and depositions. If you could prove a repeated pattern where two candidates are exactly the same, except for their gender,... Read more »

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Q: Can an employer suggest to an employee to waive their protected class rights?

employer has offered better benefits(pay, promotion, hours,etc) if i waive my primary reasonable accommodations that allow me to work productively and safely. not sure if they could prove undue hardship considering they allow poor performers to obtain better benefits.

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Ethan White answered on Oct 30, 2018

Under certain circumstances, you could possibly waive your right to recover damages (typically money) from a disability related discrimination/retaliation claim. Generally, however, you cannot waive your right to at least bring that kind of claim with the EEOC or state agency. So to put it another... Read more »

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Q: I need to know if I'm being sued! I got this in an email.

I got this in an email.

"If you have any questions about the serious nature of your actions and the legal repercussions, please contact your attorney who may in turn contact me to discuss pre-lawsuit steps"

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Ethan White answered on Oct 25, 2018

It is impossible to know without more information, but it sounds like whoever sent you the email is seeking to avoid a lawsuit (thus the "pre-lawsuit steps") through some sort of settlement. But again, without knowing the context and facts that attracted the email in the first place, it is... Read more »

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Q: when providing the complaint what would else need to be filed and can emails be including in the complaint for evidenc
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Ethan White answered on Oct 18, 2018

It is not clear what kind of complaint you are trying to file - in court, with an agency (IDHR, EEOC)? Regardless of where you are filing, if there are documents or emails that support your claims, you should reference those in your complaint and attach them if possible. Good luck.

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Q: I was fired with no reason a week after receiving a perfect review on my 90 day performance review. Do I have a case?

I was hired as the Operations Manager but due to 2 people quitting, I was filling in for our events manager. I wasn't trained properly nor given any help for that position. I had only been there for 3 months and was asked to do a lot of things that I didn't know the rules or procedures for. I had... Read more »

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Ethan White answered on Oct 15, 2018

Sorry to hear about your situation. Keep in mind Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. Thus even if you received an excellent performance review, your employer could decide a week later for any reason (so long as it... Read more »

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Q: I was working for a company for over a year And they fired me for something on my background that was over 5 years ago

I have been a driver for Lyft over a years now. And they fired me for something on my background that has been on there for over five years now. When i first started they did a background check with a company Call Checker over a year ago i was good to drive and another sometime in the middle of the... Read more »

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Ethan White answered on Oct 3, 2018

Sorry to hear about your situation. Keep in mind Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. Thus even if your employer was wrong or unfair about background check, the firing is likely still legal. I hope that helps.

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Q: Hello, I work for Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee. They just opened, and I want to know if I can sue? And need help doing so.

Hello, I work for Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee, IL. It just opened&I hate it. I am scheduled 9am-5pm, due to lower occupancies in the hotel they've been wanting us to clock out immediately. I am a housekeeper, we get about 2-5 rooms to clean, so I only get about 20 something hours a week. They've... Read more »

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Ethan White answered on Sep 17, 2018

Keep in mind that Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all, unless it is for an illegal reason, such as your age, race, religion, etc. But that means they likely could legally fire you for complaining about your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Illinois on
Q: Arbitration clause

I have a contract that has an arbitration clause but the employer refused arbitration. So what happens next?

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Ethan White answered on Sep 11, 2018

Difficult to say without seeing the language of the clause. And courts have handled this differently, but you could file suit in Circuit Court if the company is waiving an arbitration clause.

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