The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provided below highlight topics and specific questions that are often asked of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). The information provided in the FAQs is intended to enhance public access and understanding of IDOL laws, regulations and compliance information.
The FAQs are updated on a regular basis, but should not be considered a substitute for the appropriate official documents (i.e. statute and/or administrative rules) and individuals are urged to consult legal counsel of their choice. Court decisions may affect the interpretation and constitutionality of statutes. The Department cannot offer individuals legal advice or offer advisory opinions. If you need a legal opinion, we suggest you consult your own legal counsel. These FAQs are not to be considered complete and do not relieve employers from complying with applicable IDOL laws and regulations.
Does IDOL investigate discrimination complaints?
Yes, in some/certain instances. If you feel that you have not received equal pay for equal work because of your gender, you may file an equal pay complaint with IDOL. Or, if you feel you have been discriminated against on the job because you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence or have a family or household who is a victim, you may file a complaint with the Department. However, if you feel that you have been discriminated against on the job due to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry citizenship status, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, military service or unfavorable military discharge, contact the Illinois Department of Human Rights. For additional information, visit the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Does IDOL investigate unemployment claims?
No, the Illinois Department of Employment Security provides assistance with unemployment claims. If you wish to locate additional information, visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
I have been injured on the job, can IDOL help me?
No, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission handles workers’ compensation cases. If you wish to locate additional information, visit the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.
Can an employer terminate me without advance notice or without giving a reason or an unfair reason for the termination?
Yes. Illinois is an "employment at-will" state, meaning that an employer or employee may terminate the relationship at any time, without any reason or cause. The employer, however, cannot discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, military service or unfavorable military discharge. If you wish to locate additional information, visit the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Is an employee required to give two weeks notice when quitting a job?
No. Notice is not required by either party based on the doctrine of "employment at-will."
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