Legal Question in Business Law in Illinois

employment probation letters

What are my legal rights as to signing a letter that will be put in my employment file at work? This letter indicates that I will be put on probation for 1 year and will pay financial restitution as well as taking the full blame. I was 10% at fault and do to not covering my back, I basically have been blamed for 2 of my senior boss's errors.

Could the bank fire me if I don't sign. I am willing to pay financial restitution but do not want to admit fault for someone else's wrongdoing?

Asked on 3/06/03, 7:01 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Kenneth J. Ashman Ashman Law Offices, LLC

Re: employment probation letters

Signing letters admitting guilt must be undertaken only after serious deliberation. You have not provided nearly enough information to answer the question posed -- for example, do you have an employment contract? Is there an employee handbook?

I doubt that your employer would object if you wanted to consult with an attorney before making the admission.

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Answered on 3/08/03, 4:05 pm


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