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Chicago Employment Discrimination Attorney

Chicago Employment Discrimination Attorney

Thanks to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for U.S. employers to discriminate against employees for whatever reason. Yet, despite legal measures in place to protect employees’ rights, employers continue to violate the law and fire, retaliate against, demote, reject, and harass certain people based on their status within a protected class. If you were discriminated against in the workplace, fight back by hiring a skilled Chicago employment discrimination lawyer.

At the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline, our employment rights attorneys have been advocating on behalf of wronged workers for over 30 years. If you believe that your employer has discriminated against you in any way, reach out to our team for legal advice and advocacy.

How to Identify Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, some of which are obvious and others which are not so much. Furthermore, discrimination does not always take place during the course of employment. Some employers discriminate from the very beginning of the hiring process, such as in the job ad or during an interview. For example, an employer may put in the job description, “Looking for Young, Talented, Male Sales Representatives.” The “young” and “male” parts of the job description would be discriminatory.

Another example might take place in the interview. For instance, an employer might show his disappointment when he realizes that you are a middle-aged woman of color and proceed to give you minimal attention throughout the meeting. After the interview, you are told that the employer has decided to go a different route. Though it would be difficult to prove discrimination in such an instance, a skilled lawyer can use his or her investigative skills to reveal who the chosen candidate was and whether or not he or she was as qualified as you. If it turns out that the new hire is a young white woman with less experience than you, the employer could be in trouble.

Workplace discrimination can also occur when an employer chooses to promote a lesser-qualified individual because of age, or when an employer fires one employee over another because of his or her religious beliefs. Again, some instances of workplace discrimination are obvious, such as the job ad mentioned above, while others are only obvious to the person being discriminated against. For this reason, you should retain the help of a Chicago workplace discrimination attorney if you think you have been mistreated in any way by a current, potential, or past employer.

Common Types of Workplace Discrimination

Though employment discrimination can occur in several different ways, a workplace discrimination claim typically stems from an adverse action against a person of a protected class. For instance, an employer cannot hire, fire, demote, promote, deny a pay raise or bonus, deny training, dole out unwarranted discipline, or subject a person to less favorable treatment because of:

  • Gender;
  • Age;
  • Disability;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Race;
  • National origin; or
  • Religious belief.

When to Call a Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

If you believe that your career was impacted in any way because of an employer, or if you believe that you were denied a position because of your gender, age, race, disability, etc., reach out to the Chicago workplace discrimination attorneys at the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline right away. Our attorneys can fight on your behalf to ensure that you are justly compensated for your troubles. Call our office today to schedule a free and private consultation.