Antoinette Choate’s Answers

Antoinette Choate

Chicago Employment / Labor Attorney.

Contributor Level 9
  1. I was sexually harassed & received death threat from co-workers.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Antoinette Choate
    2. Charles Shinkle Watson
    3. Lannie Todd Kelly
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    4 lawyer answers

    Generally speaking, if someone is being threatened and fears for his/her safety, that person should file a police report. It is a good idea to talk to an employment lawyer in Illinois (assuming that is where you work) about this.

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  2. Does Illinois protect me if I am pregnant and get fired for it?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Chen Kasher
    2. Antoinette Choate
    3. Josh Michael Friedman
    3 lawyer answers

    Illinois does protect against pregnancy discrimination as does federal law. You should contact an employment lawyer in Illinois immediately to discuss your situation.

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  3. Can an employer terminate an employee for a comment made during a conversation with another employee on facebook.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Antoinette Choate
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Charles Shinkle Watson
    3 lawyer answers

    I disagree with the two earlier posts. There have been developments over the last year or so that MAY allow the posts to be protected under the NLRB. The NLRB recently ha been aggressively scrutinizing employer regulations of employees' use of social media – even where the workforce is not unionized. Even where the employee is insubordinate, complaints on a social network may be protected if the post is "concerted activity." I have more information on it at my blog post: http://...

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  4. Can my boss deduct money from my check for products we use?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Antoinette Choate
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Thomas O. Moens
    3 lawyer answers

    Every situation involving paycheck deductions must be carefully evaluated under laws and regulations or the employer may face legal consequences. Federal and state laws strictly prohibit if and how an employer can deduct from an employee's paycheck. One such law that regulates employer deductions is the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. In Illinois, for example, an employer can only deduct from an employee's paycheck if the deduction is: -To the benefit of, and approved by, the...

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  5. Is this discrimination and could I try and sue?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Antoinette Choate
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. C. C. Abbott
    3 lawyer answers

    Illinois is an employment at will state. Unless you have a contract, it sounds like this falls squarely within at-will employment -- where an employee can fire you for any reason or no reason at all except an illegal reason.

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  6. Medical info on a job application.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Antoinette Choate
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2 lawyer answers

    In Illinois, what matters is the type of job for which someone applies. If the job has a legitimate physical requirement that someone cannot meet and that the company cannot reasonably accommodate, then that condition is relevant. However, the employer is not free to troll through medical histories and discriminate against a prospective employee because of a disability or perceived disability.

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  7. Can a company employ a person "at will" and at the same time ask to serve notice period of 3 months on voluntary resignation

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Antoinette Choate
    2. Edgar Martirosyan
    2 lawyer answers

    Edgar is correct that you cannot be made to work involuntarily. I would note however, that the document you are calling an offer letter may be a binding contract. I suggest that you have an employment attorney review the document prior to signing it.

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  8. "My employer of 15 years in Illinois just eliminated my position. They are offering 4 months severance w/ no benefits. I have 11

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Charles Shinkle Watson
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Antoinette Choate
    3 lawyer answers

    You should seek an employment lawyer in Illinois to assist you immediately. Negotiations and contracts are delicate.

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  9. How should I know if my employer don't want to hire me back cos of my religion or my race ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Antoinette Choate
    2 lawyer answers

    While we cannot read your employer's mind, sometimes employees get a bad feeling in their gut that something illegal is going on. If you suspect that you were fired or not hired (it is not clear to me which it is based on your post) because of your race or religion, you should talk to a lawyer who focuses on employment law from Illinois (assuming you worked in Illinois).

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  10. I work in a large hospital recently are department cut hours on several people and it happened to be only top pay scale and ove

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Antoinette Choate
    1 lawyer answer

    There may be discrimination, but there are not enough facts. Do you think the pay cut was because of age or pay scale? You may want to talk to an Illinois employment attorney to explain your situation in more detail and to get a better understanding of the law.

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