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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Can my job fire me for not telling them I have a mental illness?

They made us sign a paper saying that I must disclose all medical conditions including mental illness and if I withhold any information and they find out I could get fired. So if I were to show up to work and told someone I had depression they said that they could fire me for that. But is this even... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Mar 31, 2021

More information is needed to explore your situation, but this certainly sounds like it could be an unlawful practice. You should consult an employment law attorney in your area to discuss.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Can my job fire me for not telling them I have a mental illness?

They made us sign a paper saying that I must disclose all medical conditions including mental illness and if I withhold any information and they find out I could get fired. So if I were to show up to work and told someone I had depression they said that they could fire me for that. But is this even... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 13, 2021

Your question isn't about employment law. Rather, it is about contract law. So long as the subject in terms of the contract do not involve contraband or other illegal activity, it has long been established that a person's right to contract is unlimited. Nobody "makes" you do... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: My employer didn’t let my return back to work after maternity leave unless I agree to their terms .

I left for maternity leave on 12/16/2020 my return date was supposed to be March 9,2021 my employer didn’t let me return to work unless I agree to their terms. I lost a week of pay because they postpone my return date. My hours also change . Can I sue ?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Mar 17, 2021

The answer to this question will depend on how you took maternity leave. If you took leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), then upon returning to work, you are required to be returned to your same or a substantially similar position.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Hello. I haven't received my rise due Dec 2020. Also construction going on was sent home without pay. Miriam

I was FT now PT due to coronavirus Manager cut my hours to 60. I tried unemployment. I was denied because Manager gave me 21 hours a week since pandemic should've have been 20 or less a week. Also I get no Holiday pay when I worked FT. I had to use my vacation time for Holidays to get paid.... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 26, 2021

as to unemployment, some changes are being made so that federal benefits may be applied for.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: Belleville, Il. 62221 of St. Clair County. Question: Will get paid comp from missing 4 days of work (Covid 19)

In regards to being paid by worker's comp.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Jan 24, 2021

If you contracted Covid-19 as a front-line worker, you enjoy a rebuttable presumption that it was work-related. Once that is proven, it is the same as any other Workers' Compensation claim. In Illinois, an injured worker is not compensated for the first three days that they must be off work... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: I don't feel satisfied with my report. I dont feel like I'm receiving help at all. Help?

After making countless reports of harassment due to my ethnicity, witnessing them harass other coworkers. Submitting and complaining with no answers, follow ups, and/or replies. I don't feel like my issues are being followed up. I witness in the past of the middle-man, of my contract, not... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jan 13, 2021

To whom did you make the initial complaints? If you have not done so already, you should put your complaints of harassments due to your ethnicity in writing to the Human Resources department. If you have already done so, you should request, in writing, a follow-up on the investigation into your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
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... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Dec 30, 2020

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... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: will bankruptcy get rid of this lawsuit?

I was injured at work, was on workers comp for several months and was cut off right before surgery by the whole insurance playing their games. my wc lawyer pawned me off to another "trial" lawyer who then pawned me off to another "new guy in the firm" lawyer who completely... Read more »

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha answered on Dec 14, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your experiences. You should immediately reach out to a competent attorney to address the pending lawsuit from the actual company. At the very least you will need to complete consultation to fully understand your options.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: Retaliatory discharge and Discrimination

Wrong Termination

I was wrongfully terminated on Oct 12, 2020, from my previous employer, Mercy Housing. I was brought up on fraudulent charges, which were a surprise to me. I was never reprimanded for these charges that I have been accused of. I believe it's a case of retaliation and... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Nov 11, 2020

More information is needed here. Why do you believe you are being retaliated against? Why do you think you are being discriminated against? Title VII protects employees from being discriminated against on the basis of their race, religion, sex, etc. and for being retaliated against for engaging in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: How can i find an employment lawyer?

I need an employment lawyer who has won cases against big companies in the 62232 area and will offer a free consultation.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Aug 27, 2020

You can Google "Employment Lawyer" or "Employment Attorney" in your state or city and sift through the results.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: If I resign can I still go after my employer for whatnot feel is intemitation?

I was told to resign or they would terminate my employment. If terminated polixe may be involved and they have contacted the states attorney. I ask for what. They said padding time cards and throwing away legal documents.

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Aug 25, 2020

Unless there is more to this story, you have no case against your employer, but they may have a case against you. Intimidation by accusing you of a crime is not illegal if it was a true statement and if it was not based on any protected form discrimination, such as race, gender or national origin.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Im pregnant and need help with my job

So i work at a warehouse in Illinois and I was denied light duty from my job (I'm 33 weeks pregnant) because of my work restrictions and was told if i went back to work that dealt with a rate and I did as my doctor said, my productivity will be in the negative and I'll be fired. This is... Read more »

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Aug 18, 2020

This sure sounds like a violation of the provisions of the Illinois Human Rights Act regarding protections for workers who are pregnant. Contact an employment attorney and request a free consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: I was furloughed because of COVID-19 for my wife’s medical condition when I asked to return when all other employees

Come back in August from my department of which I was a salary manager they said yes but are taking my salary and manager title from me. But I have never had any type of verbal warning, written warning there should not be one thing in my employment file that would warrant or constitute them from... Read more »

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Jul 23, 2020

I'm sorry for your situation. It's not clear what type of discrimination you are claiming here. You may be able to claim family responsibilities discrimination, otherwise known as caregiver discrimination. You would need to show that the employer reduced your pay and position, because of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: Can my employer record private audio conversations without our consent?

We were recently made aware that not only do the district managers regularly watch video of us in the store, but they also listen into private conversations between managers and associates. We never knew the cameras also recorded audio. We are located in Illinois.

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Jul 23, 2020

You should not assume a right to privacy when working at your employer's business. About the only place you have a right to privacy when working is in the bathroom stall. Security video recordings are legal under the Federal "one-party" consent rule, which means only the employer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Can an employer resend a job offer after I let them know about a birth defect that may slightly slow me down?

Delivery company was having me fill out paper work for employment. Back ground checks and waivers and such, I let him know that I have a medical condition with my legs and I may not be as fast as his other employees. He said he'd have to talk to his boss. He comes back and said he'd have... Read more »

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha answered on Jul 10, 2020

The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer ("undue hardship"). You should connect with an experienced employment discrimination attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: I work in the restaurant industry. My boss has been extremely rude and vulgar to myself and my coworkers.

He has had some of my coworkers clean black mold, deep clean carpets for hours on end, worked construction within the restaurant in front of us. He drinks to the point where he is drunk and yells and screams at us consistently. Tonight he yelled at me for refusing to do another’s job when I was... Read more »

Raul Jauregui
Raul Jauregui answered on Jun 12, 2020

I'm very sorry to learn of your allegations and wish you good health. This is a matter that probably not just affects you but also your fellow employees. If this was happening in Pennsylvania, where I practice, I would immediately suggest that the employees band together with their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: I work as a dental hygienist in Illinois. I get paid on commission. (what I produce Minus any deductions)

That Dr will subtract any discounts he gives to patients also. I am required to attend office meetings and training, but was told I will not get paid. He said, "I can not make you come, but if you don't you should look for another job." I am also required to make phone calls and... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on May 20, 2020

Are you working more than 40 hours per week when you combine the patients you see, the meetings/trainings, and the phone calls to confirm appointments? If you are, there may be an overtime violation here. Employers can only apply an overtime exemption to an employee it pays exclusively by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Is it really legal to not allow an employee to work if they medically can not wear a face mask.

The order states that those who are medically able to wear them must. But what about those who can't. Can they really tell us we can't work? Are stores really able to deny us access because we can not wear the mask because of a disability?

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha answered on May 4, 2020

This is a difficult topic that does not have a clear "yes" or "no" answer. Overall, you should be allowed to make decisions for your own well being but in an employment setting, the employee doesn't have full control.

The logic behind the mask requirement is that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: My job is planning to deny my pay from the FFCRA. They have more than 50 employees. Am I entitled to 2/3rds wages?
Cynthia Rote
Cynthia Rote answered on Apr 10, 2020

This depends on why you are unable to work.

The FFCRA provides that employers must provide all employees:

~ Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined, and/or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: How do I prove I was discriminated against in IL?

I am a white male and took a bartending position at a Chinese restaurant. I was told I'd be making "3 grand easy", upon being hired. Turned out that I was making under minimum wage and was only receiving customers when all the other - Chinese born - employees were overwhelmed.... Read more »

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha answered on Mar 16, 2020

Under normal circumstances, you would have to complain to the Chinese restaurant management/HR about the perceived discrimination, giving them the opportunity to investigate or otherwise resolve the situation. However, considering Illinois restaurants/bars are going to be closed for dine-in... Read more »

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