Color and the law in Chicago.  In Illinois it is a violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act to discriminate against a person because of the color of their skin. Discrimination based on color is similar to discrimination based on national origin or ancestry. In both of these cases, a person is being judged by their background or appearance. There is a fine line and a nuance between the three types of discrimination and consulting with an experienced attorney is a good idea.

Sometimes it is wise to file a complaint based on all three because if you only file on one, the other side can say they discriminated against you because of the other two and you would be stuck. Consequently, discrimination based on Color is something that most people don’t even realize exists. Therfore an experienced litigation attorney can give you the best advice and file based on the proper category.

Spotting Discrimination

Therefore your employer or prospective employer won’t come right out and say they are not hiring you because of the color of your skin. These cases can be very difficult to prove. Many times it takes records and statistics to show that people of color are not being hired in proportion to others even though they have the same or higher qualifications. It is important that you properly document everything that takes place. Don’t try and rely on your memory. Taking notes as things are happening is very important and can make the difference in your case being successful. Also include the dates and names of any witnesses.

However discrimination based on color could take place because other co-workers are making comments based on a person’s color. This would be similar to racial discrimination and may be filed as a second claim in such cases. If you are referred to as “blackie” or “darkie” you may have a claim. The hard part is proving a co-worker said those words. I have proven strategies in place that may help you obtain the evidence you need to win your case. My office handle these types of cases and there is never a charge to discuss your potential case. You can reach me by email or telephone–312-505-5038. I will answer my own phone and speak directly with you.

Why My Firm

Undoubedly, don’t worry about your message not getting through like you do at some law firms.  Because my firm handles your case from the beginning, through discovery and to trial. Others don’t handle your case-I handle it myself. Peter doesn’t take that many cases as he is selective and doesn’t wish to have such a large caseload. Therefore he can give your case the attention it needs and deserves.

Whereupon, I file all of these cases along with other types of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“) and the cases are cross-filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). Please call my office to get a better idea of where you stand and what rights you have regarding discrimination based on color. Remember, there is never a charge or fee to discuss your case. And if I don’t think you have a case, I will be honest and tell you.

The last thing you need to do is get strung along thinking you have a case when you don’t. I have a proven record of getting money in valid discrimination cases. I take these types of cases on contingency fee basis. What this means is I don’t collect any money unless you do. So when I take your case, you know I believe it the validity of it.


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