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

Q: Can a company fire me within my 2 week notice while I'm on ADA?

I've been with the company almost 10 years but management has been getting worse and I feel like they are pushing me out. I also feel like the fact I'm on ADA for a medical disorder I have isn't helping with how they treat me.

1 Lawyer Answer
Nicholas James Crawford
Nicholas James Crawford
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: The American's with Disabilities Act requires that your company make reasonable accommodations for your disability and that the company can not discriminate against you because of your disability. If you already have an ADA accommodation request with your employer, it would be very suspicious if they terminated you during your two week notice period. However, provided your employment is at will and you are not under contract, your employer or you can terminate your employment at any time, including after you give your two week notice. The mere fact that they terminated you is not enough to violate the ADA or other federal or state discrimination laws. So the issue becomes whether your specific case facts show some discriminatory intent based on your disability. You should speak with a lawyer regarding your specific case facts so that you can better understand whether or not the facts are strong enough to support an action against your employer. Best of Luck.

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