Does an employer have to have a reason to fire you in Illinois?
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Illinois law requires Illinois employers to make reasonable accommodations for their pregnant employees. Time off for medical appointments is protected under the law and such time taken cannot result in a penalty to the employee. https://www.jacksonlewis.com/resources-publication/new-illinois-law-requires-employers-provide-accommodations-pregnant-employees-and-applicants
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Hello - I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's situation. As a general matter, employees are employed "at will", meaning that they can be fired at the discretion of their employer - with certain circumstances that may apply to protect employees. For example, if her employer counted an ultra-sound appointment as unexcused, but treated other types of medical appointments as an excused absence, the employer could be accused of pregnancy discrimination. Put another way, despite all employees at your daughter's place of working being employed "at will", it would be unlawful for an employer to decide to fire all pregnant women. See the attached link. https://www2.illinois.gov/DHR/publications/documents/pregnancy_fact_sheet-eng-14.pdf
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