Chicago, IL asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois

Q: I got terminated for an "unplanned" absence even though i email my agent that i was sick and couldnt go to work.

He informed me that it was okay and to get better. According to them an "unplanned" absence is an absent that wasnt excused. With that 7 hour time gap i never got contacted again via email nor a phone call stating otherwise. I dont know if that's just life being unfair. I have reported some discrimination issues i had with the staff prior to this. I dont know if it's retaliation. However when i called a gentleman of higher authority about my termination he informed me that I was right and my contract shouldnt have ended and said he would get it handle, but i went 6 weeks without work or pay for an issue i was not at fault for in any way shape or form. Im highly upset and as i stated i dont know if i should consider getting a lawyer. Any advice please? I'm just tired of how badly i was let down by almost everyone.

1 Lawyer Answer
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Columbus, OH

A: There is likely nothing you can do if your employer applied its attendance policy uniformly. However, you should contact an employment attorney in your area to discuss the circumstances surrounding your complaint of discrimination, including when the complaint was made, to whom, the content, and any resulting investigation. You should also have an attorney review your contract to determine if your employer violated the terms of your contract. Then you will be in a better position to discuss all options available to you.

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