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What is the name of your state? Illinois

Ok, so discrepancies have arisen by the boatload concerning my termination from my state job. I was advised to get copies of my personnel record. I sent a very straight forward letter to my former employer, straight to the top dog. She sent me back a letter in less time than I expected. She stated that I call her and come in and look at the contents of my personnel record. I am specifically looking for information concerning discrepancies and an investigation that I know never took place. According to the Illinois Department of Labor I am entitled to this information and then I will take this information to a lawyer.

Question: Will my personnel file have the results of the investigation that never happened, but they based my termination on? Will there be some made up crap or nothing? Can the employer just place anything they like in a personnel record? Can they hide anything?


So do you need your lotto numbers too?

1) We cant predict the future.
2) We cant predict what they may or may not have put in your file.
3) We cant predict what they may or may not have taken out of your file.

For all we know you will get to their office and your file will contain a huge smiley face made from maccoroni.


Senior Member
Under Illinois law The Act allows an employee to obtain a copy of the information or part of the information contained in your record, however, the employer is allowed to charge a fee for providing a copy. The fee is limited to the actual cost of duplicating the information. 820 ILCS 40/3.
As far getting information concerning the investigation, Under 820 ILCS 40/3 (g) getting part of the records containing investigations is exempt
(g) Investigatory or security records maintained by an employer to investigate criminal conduct by an employee or other activity by the employee which could reasonably be expected to harm the employer's property, operations, or business or could by the employee's activity cause the employer financial liability, unless and until the employer takes adverse personnel action based on information in such records.


thank you mlane for giving some good information and being professional. I find that I dont always get a professional answer here, but I guess that is because there are some who give answers that THEY believe are funny, but I find very unprofessional on their part.

Again MLane, thanks for answering. It's nice to find someone with a little decency and knowledge.

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