In Chicago I concentrate on sexual harassment cases involving quid quo pro or hostile work environment. Sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual advance or sexual comment in the workplace and in a school setting. Additionally, sexual harassment could take place in a public business. So if you are shopping for an automobile and the salesman engages in sexual type behavior toward you, a claim may be filed under the public accommodation section of the law. There are many different ways to prove a sexual harassment case, and my office will help to ensure you have the right evidence.
Sexual harassment is a growing problem in the Chicago workplace. I am also a unique Illinois lawyer who represents individuals and employees in sexual harassment, sexual orientation and other employment discrimination cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, sexual orientation or other employment discrimination in Chicago or in any other city in Illinois I am here to help you. I handle sexual harassment and employment discrimination cases in front of the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"), the Illinois Human Rights Commission ("IHRC") and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). My Chicago office also handles cases at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations ("CCHR"). Don't let a hostile work environment ruin your career in Chicago. Remember the employer will have lawyers, human resource personal and others to help protect their rights, make sure someone is protecting yours. Waiting for the sexual harassment to go away by itself is foolish and in my experience the wrong way to handle it.
I also handle sexual harassment, hostile work environment and employment discrimination lawsuits in state and federal court. I am a member of the Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois which allows me to take your case from start to finish in federal court. Many employment lawyers aren't members of the Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois and therefore they can't take your case from start to finish. The attorney for the company can look to see if an attorney is a member of the Trial Bar and perhaps they will not take a settlement letter in the same fashion if they see the attorney isn't as experienced or doesn't belong to the Trial Bar. It is very important that you ensure you hire an employment discrimination attorney in Chicago who can practice in front of all available venues. I can and do practice before all available venues. I have the experience and I am very aggressive in protecting the employment rights of my clients. I also take many cases before Judges at the Illinois Human Rights Commission and taking cases there can be tricky. The rules a different at the Illinois Human Rights Commission and experience counts in that regard.
pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ancestry, arrest record, Americans With Disabilities Act, citizenship status, color, constructive discharge, gender, hostile work environment, marital status, military status, religious discrimination, and racial discrimination.
In Chicago you have a right to be free from discrimination at work. The Illinois Human Rights Act "(Act") prohibits employers from treating you different based on one of the protected categories listed above. Many times the human resource department in your company will drag out an investigation so that you miss important filing deadlines with the IDHR and EEOC. Don't let this happen to you. Act quickly to ensure your employment discrimination lawsuit is not lost. Remember it isn't enough that you file a complaint internally with the company, you must file with the IDHR, EEOC or CCHR to protect your employment rights.
There are many special rules in place at the IDHR and IHRC. It takes an employment lawyer with experience and skill to navigate both of these agencies. I not only practice before both agencies, I also lecture for the Illinois State Bar Association on issues related to both agencies. So I teach other employment attorneys. Who better to take your case than the attorney who teaches other attorneys? I have also appeared on television discussing employment discrimination cases, have lectured for the Illinois State Bar Association on employment discrimination cases and I lecture for four different cruise lines on a variety of topics including litigation issues. In the last two years I have lectured in over 40 countries for six cruise lines.
In Illinois you are also protected from employment discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Claims brought under that Act can be filed first with the EEOC then once a right to sue letter is issued with the federal court in your local jurisdiction. For example in Chicago that would be the Northern District of Illinois located on Dearborn and Jackson. Federal claims can be tricky and in my opinion the federal courts are more employer friendly so only cases that have great provable facts should proceed in federal court.
My office can also bring claims in state court based on violations of tort law. Some of these claims include claims based on common law retaliation and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Again, these are fact-specific and consulting with an experienced employment discrimination lawyer is a must. In Illinois the victim of discrimination can have multiple claims in multiple venues and and as an experienced employment lawyer I can explain this to you.
It is very important that you protect your rights immediately as strict time limits apply in employment discrimination cases. I don't work for insurance companies, I work hard on your behalf against insurance companies. I don't charge for a consultation and you don't pay me until I recover money for you. There is no reason why you should go it alone. The company will have a lawyer or teams of lawyers, so level the playing field and have a lawyer working for you. Remember the company is not interested in helping you, they are interested in what is in the best interest of the company.
Even if you aren't employed at a company they may be engaging in discrimination against you. For example if you go for a job interview and then the company does an Internet check on your social media websites there may be an employment discrimination issue. The company may see you are over 40 or a single mother and therefore the negative hiring decision could be based on a discriminatory category. In Illinois it is illegal to ask a prospective employee what her age is or what her marital status is. It makes sense then that if they view this information on your Facebook page they are in fact inquiring about it and therefore possibly engaging in employment discrimination. Most companies do Internet checks on prospective employees so if you are qualified for the job and did well on the interview but didn't get the job call my office to discuss your potential case.
If you are a student at a college or university and the professor is trying to engage in a sexual relationship with you, the school has liability to you and we can file a sexual harassment complaint against the school and the professor. The professor in a school setting has too much power and control over you so there really can't be a consensual relationship. Don't get bullied into thinking you have no rights as a student. Because strict time limits apply in school sexual harassment lawsuits, don't let the school's upper management drag out their investigation and make you miss an important filing deadline. Remember you are paying good money to attend college, don't let professors pray upon you.
I will provide you with personal attention and access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I will rapidly move your case along and recognize that you may want to potentially resolve your case quickly. It is important to let the other side know early on that we are prepared to go to trial if they don't with to settle. And remember trials are public so many times the other side will not wish to engage in a public trial. Sexual harassment cases in particular are embarrassing for companies and universities. Additionally, many times the person doing the sexual harassment will not want his wife to know what he is doing. This is another reason why cases could settle early in the process. I am very skilled at negotiating settlements and that skill could result in a higher settlement amount for you.
I also have the resources and experience to take your case to trial if necessary and I am available for consultation in all cities throughout Illinois. I am also able to conduct most of our business over the phone and Internet so you don't have to miss work coming to a lawyers office. There is never a charge to discuss your employment case. Because of the strict time limits required for filing an employment discrimination complaint, make sure you call as soon as you believe there is a problem.
Call me now at 309-712-1145, or 312-505-5038 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or contact me online for a free consultation.*