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 been taking time out of my clock; basically going in & changing my clock out times to earlier times. They also threaten us of stealing time, and threaten to write us up, which can result in earned points and termination. An employee has threatened me, about a month or 2 ago&still works there. Can i sue? Another employee, and I have recently began protesting, started yesterday, and they will begin nit-picking to fire us.
A: 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 treatment regarding hours, clocking out, etc. That said, if you are working hours and they are not paying you for those hours, you may have a claim under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act, under other laws. Good luck!
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