Because Illinois is an “at-will” employment state, you can be fired for no reason at all, but you cannot be fired for an illegal reason. When an employer releases a worker from employment in violation of that worker’s federal or state rights, wrongful termination occurs.
Workers’ compensation laws exist to compensate employees in the event that they are unable to work as a result of a work-related accident or illness. Benefits are paid whether the employee was at fault or not. As an Illinois employee, you are protected by law against harassment, discrimination or termination resulting because you filed a workers’ compensation claim.
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