I practice aggressively in front of the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"), the Illinois Human Rights Commission ("IHRC"), the Chicago Commission on Human Relations ("CCHR") and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). I also practice in state court and federal court. I am a member of the trial bar in the Northern District of Illinois so I can take your case all the way to trial. There is never a charge or fee unless I recover money for you subject to our signed agreement. What this means to you is that if I decide to take your case I believe in the case because I will only get paid if you do.
Employers in Illinois and especially in Chicago are getting more aggressive and blatant in their violation of workplace rules and laws. Hostile work environments are on the rise and workers are under assault. My employment law offices see more cases on retaliation when employees try to protect their employment rights. It is illegal for your employer to take any negative job action against you for complaining about discrimination. A negative job action could include a demotion, being passed over for promotion, a bad performance review, an increased workload or getting fired.
Many times your employer will be subtle and the discrimination will not be well documented. It is important to learn how to get evidence of the discrimination before you are fired. Things like emails, text messages, voice messages and work schedules are all things which could help your case. If there is a lawsuit, those items can be obtained through subpoena however, that could be a year of so in the future.
There are things you can do now to protect your rights. One thing you can do is to obtain a copy of your employment file from human resources. By law your employer must give you a copy of your file. Make sure you ask for a copy of the file cover including the front, back and inside covers. Many times human resources will write comments or notes on the file cover and you will want this information.
If you get fired you should immediately file for unemployment. Don't wait or be afraid to file. Many times an employer will say that you can't collect so don't bother filing. Let the Illinois Department of Employment Security ("IDES") tell you that you can't file. Under the law in Illinois everyone employee can file for benefits if they quit or are fired. Whether you are able to collect those unemployment benefits will be a matter decided by the IDES. If you are able to collect unemployment benefits, this may turn out to be a substantial amount. Even if you get denied benefits, you can appeal the decision. If you lose the appeal it is still good in the aspect that you made an attempt to mitigate your lost wage damage.
My Chicago office is getting many more calls this year about hostile work environments than ever before. There are strict time limits that apply to your employment discrimination case so act fast. Make time for an important phone call regarding your rights. I answer my own telephone and gladly speak with people regarding their employment issues. If you wait too long to act I may not be able to help you.
There are many remedies available to employees or former employees who are the victims of employment discrimination. You can get back wages, future wages, money for medical bills including mental therapy, you can obtain money for benefits lost, attorney fees and money for emotional distress. You can also obtain an order forbidding the company from doing business with the government for up to three years and having their government contracts terminated. I am happy to discuss all of the available options.
- Chicago Commission on Human Relations
- Citizenship Status
- Constructive Discharge
- Discrimination - Civil Rights & Employment
- Employment Agreements
- Employment Law - Employee
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Gender Discrimination
- Glass Ceiling
- Hostile Work Environment
- Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
- Illinois Human Rights Commission
- Marital Status
- Military Status
- National Origin
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Public Accommodation
- Racial Discrimination
- Religious Discrimination
- School Sexual Harassment
- Severance Agreements and Negotiations
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Orientation
- Workplace Employee Personnel File