We Understand Worker Protection under Federal Law
Federal employment laws don’t address personality disputes.
Still, Cynthia Pietrucha, Esq. recognizes that every employee complaint is an opportunity for a company to learn, even if it’s inter-personal improvements to help employees feel more respected and appreciated. Cynthia prepares employees to assert their legal rights to improve working conditions, mediates disputes and counsels HR on best practices for compliance with workplace laws.
If you are facing job termination or are recently separated, our firm provides affordable legal services to Illinois employees. Pietrucha Law can help investigate, evaluate, identify and recommend appropriate corrective actions, severance packages, monetary settlements or mediation of workplace disputes.
Our law firm helps with a wide variety of employment disputes. We routinely assist employees and employers with severance agreements, medical leave disputes, professional licensing, unemployment benefits, executive co-investment opportunities, talent agency contracts, employee misconduct, internal investigations and disability accommodations.
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- Severance Agreements and General Releases
- Unpaid Bonus & Commissions
- Workplace Discrimination based on Disability, Gender, Race and Pregnancy
- Medical Leave Laws
- Unemployment Benefits Eligibility Appeals
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About Illinois Employment Laws
Illinois is an “at will” state, which means an Illinois employer can fire an employee for any reason, at any time. This is powerful as it means many bad actions by your boss, supervisor or human resources are not necessarily illegal.
In other words you must experience an illegal adverse action to take action. While every case is different, you may be surprised to find out it’s perfectly legal for the following to occur in an Illinois workplace:
- Sudden job termination with no advance warning or real explanation
- A job transfer or demotion after 10+ years of employment
- Ostracism by your co-workers
- Unpaid discretionary bonuses
- Personality conflicts
- A mediocre performance evaluation, not made available to other employers
- Refusing to keep your job open after more than 6 months of leave
- Denial of unemployment benefits for alleged “misconduct”
However, local, state and federal laws give Illinois employees rights including the right to:
- Proper Pay: Standards for minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping
- A Safe and Healthy Workplace
- Equal treatment in the workplace free from discrimination based on race, color, age, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, arrest record, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.
- Join with co-workers, without a union, to improve wages and working conditions
- Be free from retaliation as punishment for engaging in protected activity
- Medical accommodations, including a medical leave
- Collect unemployment benefits when an employer cannot prove “misconduct” or you voluntarily leave your job for “good cause”
- Accommodations for pregnancy, breastfeeding and sick child rights
Your employer must give you your personnel records IF you or your representative timely request them and you ask within a year of your separation
Under Illinois law, you are entitled to see your personnel records as long as you or your representative request them in a timely manner. Our team has reviewed hundreds of employee, management and executive personnel files. Our comprehensive review helps you recognize evidence of illegal actions to advance your case.
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