Chicago, IL asked in Employment Law for Illinois

Q: Can I sue my employer for dismissal based on false information?

My employer is planning to restructure our group, which will involve reallocating my team to other areas and eliminating my position. I have a copy of a draft letter from my manager to Human Resources that uses inaccurate information to justify these changes.

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Michael I. Leonard
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A: The mere fact that the information underlying the restructuring or RIF is inaccurate does not, by itself, create a legal claim for you. You would need to demonstrate that the restructuring was done in a discriminatory manner. So, the false information might still be relevant to a potential discrimination claim - ie the idea being that they made up information in order to justify or to cover up what was actually decision-making based upon discriminatory motives.

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