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

Asked 12 months ago - Chicago, IL

I had a contract with a temp agency and in the contract was that I would get full employment at the end of the temp contract. I did very well, great performance reviews. I told them I had become pregnant and was immediately fired. Can I sue my employer for firing me because I was pregnant? They did not say "You are fired because you are pregnant" but it is obvious, at least in my eyes, that is what it was for.

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  1. Chen Kasher

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    Answered . Yes, you are protected. The timing is awfully coincidental. Did they provide you with a pretext? You'll need to show that your pregnancy truly motivated their decision.

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  2. Antoinette Choate

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    Answered . 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. Josh Michael Friedman

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    Answered . Both state and federal law prohibit discharges based on pregnancy. Of course, you still have to prove that their decision was based on your pregnancy, and not on some other legitimate reason. I suggest you speak to an experienced employment lawyer as soon as possible as the time limit for filing a discrimination claim can be very short. Most of us employment lawyers will provide a free consultation.

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