Question Number Three

Do I have any legal rights if I am fired for filing a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission?

Yes. Illinois law prohibits employers from taking adverse action (i.e. termination) against employees who exercise their rights under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. An employee who is terminated in retaliation for filing a claim may file a lawsuit in a Illinois state court with jurisdiction over the matter. Such lawsuits are not filed at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

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