Des Plaines, IL asked in Employment Law for Illinois

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 many meetings with HR as there were some very alarming issues going on at the park solely because of my boss. I passed my 90 day performance review (given from my boss) and then without warning, I was fired a week later. They said "it wasn't a good fit" and didn't want my mental stability to be hurt as they could tell it already was. My boss told me he did not like working at a park yet I told him this was my dream job...but I was the one who got fired. The park has been open 4 years and he has gone through 8 managers because no one likes him.

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Ethan White
Ethan White

A: 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 was not discriminatory). Based on what you've described above, the firing is likely still legal. I hope that helps.

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