Frequently Asked Employment Law Questions - Employment at will

Employment “at will” is the employment law doctrine that an employer may terminate an employee at any time, for any reason or no reason, with or without cause, with or without notice.  Employment “at will” is the law in Illinois.  Under Illinois employment law, employment relationships are presumed to be “at will.”

No, the employment “at will” doctrine is not a defense to an employment discrimination claim.  An employer is still prohibited from terminating an employee for an illegal reason.