Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois

Q: Would someone loose a lawsuit or not be able to file if they where given choice to resign or retire or be fired

Question had little room to give exclamation. But what I mean is for name sake let’s say Donna works a job. Donnas boss Scott (again for name sake not a real name) gives her three options. Let’s say Donna is retirement aged. So Scott says to make a long conversation short. Donna you can resign, retire, or I am going to let you go. Now this termination would be a violation for what she’s being fired for and she could get a wrongful termination suit. But she chooses retirement so that she can still make a income. But let’s say she decides to go to court for it. How would it be different if she forced them to terminate her rather then take retirement or if someone was to resign?

1 Lawyer Answer

A: Generally speaking, in order to prove she was unlawfully terminated in your scenario, Donna would need to prove (among other things), that she suffered an adverse job action. Donna could claim she was constructively discharged if she was forced to resign or retire, in lieu of termination to meet this requirement. However, more information is needed to analyze your scenario to determine if Donna can satisfy the remainder of the requirements to prove her unlawful termination claim for her lawsuit. You should contact an employment law attorney in your area to discuss.

1 user found this answer helpful

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.