Vaziri Law LLC represents clients in wrongful termination claims in Chicago and all around Illinois. If you have been fired for an illegal or discriminatory reason, our accomplished wrongful termination attorney will fight to protect your rights.
Illinois is an at-will state for employment purposes, meaning that an employer or employee may terminate the working relationship at any time, with or without cause. But employers have an unfair advantage over workers who rely on a paycheck when it comes to adverse employment actions, including termination.
When you consult with us, we will determine whether you have a valid claim and explore your legal options. While many wrongful termination claims can be resolved through settlement negotiations, we prepare each case for trial to maximize our leverage at the bargaining table.
If litigation becomes necessary, our trial lawyers are comfortable in state and federal court and will work to achieve the best possible outcome. Rest assured, we will fight tirelessly to protect your right to earn a living without fear of wrongful termination. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
What is wrongful termination in Chicago?
Because Illinois is an at-will employment state, an employee can be fired at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. Also, employees can be legally terminated for performance reasons, regardless of the accuracy of the employer’s assessment. Most importantly, employers are not required to show just cause for dismissing an employee.
While employers have wide latitude to take adverse employment actions against employees, wrongful termination may occur under the following circumstances:
Under federal and state law, employers are prohibited from taking an adverse employment action (e.g. firing, demoting) against employees based on a legally protected characteristic, including:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Military/veteran status
Given that employers know how to conceal their discriminatory motives, it takes an experienced Chicago employment lawyer to prove a wrongful termination claim. That’s where Vaziri Law LLC comes in. We have the skills and resources to protect your employment rights in and out of the courtroom.
Employment Contracts/Implied Promises
You cannot be terminated while working under the term of a written employment agreement that established:
- A set time period for your employment or
- The conditions for your dismissal
On the other hand, not all employment contracts are written, and implied promises made by your employer may be enforceable. In any event, it takes an experienced wrongful termination attorney to handle a breach of contract claim.
Violations of Public Policy
Employees in Illinois cannot be terminated for exercising a legally protected right or performing community service (e,g voting, jury duty, military service), but it happens more than many people realize. Our firm knows how to hold employers accountable for terminations that violate public policy.
Employers are barred from terminating employees for exercising an employment right, including complaining about or reporting:
- Discrimination or harassment
- Safety violations or unlawful conduct (whistleblowing)
- Participating in an investigation into alleged employer misconduct
If you believe you have been the victim of employment or whistleblower retaliation in Chicago, you need an aggressive wrongful termination lawyer in your corner.
How Vaziri Law LLC Can Help With Your Wrongful Termination Claim
Our experienced employment lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether your termination was lawful, explore all your legal remedies, and fight to help you obtain just compensation for your losses. Although no two wrongful termination cases are the same, you may be able to recover damages such as:
- Lost wages (e.g. back pay, front pay)
- Lost benefits (e.g. bonuses, health insurance)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Attorneys’ fees/legal costs
The court may also order your employer to reinstate you, though this may not be a viable option for either party.
It is important to remember that employers are justified for terminating employees for performance reasons, reductions in force, or restructuring. But if you have been fired for an illegal or discriminatory reason, trust Vaziri Law LLC to fight for your rights. We have a proven history of achieving significant settlements and jury awards and will always work in your best interests.
Contact Our Experienced Chicago Wrongful Termination Attorneys
If you believe you have been fired illegally, don’t go it alone. Let Vaziri Law LLC handle all the details of your claim, including taking over all communications with your former employer and opposing counsel. We will work to reach a negotiated settlement or take your case to court if necessary.
Regardless of the forum — mediation, arbitration, litigation — we will work to achieve a positive outcome. We offer free consultations, and you will not have any out-of-pocket legal costs. Contact our office today to set up an appointment.