My coworkers and I were recently let go due to the company's decision to rid of our job position completely. Although we were only part time employees, we were not given any advance notice of any sort that our jobs would soon be rid of. We were told on the spot that as of Monday May 16, 2016 we were no longer employed at Simon Property Group in Gurnee Mills. Although apparently as of 2015 of last year, the company had been collecting surveys from its customers of the need to have/keep its guest services representative, meaning this was forseen. I would just like to know if the company had the legal rights to lay off its part time employees without prior notice?
Unless you have a contract that states otherwise, the employer does not have to give you advance notice.
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Illinois is an at will employment state where an employer can terminate an employee for any reason - or no reason at all - without notice. The only exceptions would be if you were protected by a union contract or your termination was based upon discrimination because of your membership in a federally protected class of persons. Neither of these situations seem to apply. Seek unemployment compensation if you qualify and start looking for a new job. I am sorry you were left without a job.
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I'm sorry you lost your job. I agree with the other lawyers who have answered your query. Your employer did not need to give you advanced notice. That would be the same answer if you were full time as well. Without a contract the employer was free to termination your employment at any time.
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