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Evanston Employment Discrimination Lawyer

Evanston Employment Discrimination Lawyer

When discrimination happens in the workplace, everybody loses. Direct victims of employment discrimination can potentially lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, or more, over the course of their careers due to lost wages, missed advancement opportunities, lost employment benefits, and personal expenses related to the mistreatment. Their colleagues lose, too, from their workplaces becoming hostile work environments. If you face employment discrimination or you witness it happening in your workplace, do not stand back and let it happen. Take a stand for yourself, your colleagues, and future employees and stand up to discrimination with our Evanston Employment Discrimination Lawyer.

Federal vs. Illinois Anti-Discrimination Laws

Many people are familiar with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the primary anti-workplace discrimination law in place in the United States. Under this law, it is illegal to discriminate against employees and job applicants based on the following:

  • Race;
  • Sex;
  • National origin;
  • Religion;
  • Age, if over 40;
  • Genetic information;
  • Pregnancy;
  • Color;
  • Disability; and
  • Citizenship status.

Illinois, like many other states, has additional protections in place for employees. In Illinois, it is also illegal to discriminate against an employee or job applicant based on:

  • Arrest record;
  • Gender identity;
  • Mental or physical disability;
  • Marital status;
  • Military status, including military discharge status;
  • Lack of a permanent address;
  • Order of protection status; and
  • The individual’s status as a domestic violence victim.

Types of Employment Discrimination

Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. These include, and are certainly not limited to:

  • Harassment;
  • Refusing to hire or promote individuals within, or those outside, a specific protected class;
  • Leaving certain employees out of professional development opportunities;
  • Disparate discipline for the same infractions;
  • Paying employees in different protected classes unequally despite them holding the same positions; and
  • Denying employees certain benefits based on their membership in protected classes.

What to do When You Face Employment Discrimination

Gather all the evidence you can to support your claim, like copies of emails that contain discriminatory messaging and records of face-to-face interactions in which harassment or another type of discrimination occurred. Bring this evidence to your company’s Human Resources department to see if the company can correct the problem internally. If not, bring it to an experienced employment lawyer to discuss filing a discrimination claim.

In Illinois, workplace discrimination claims are handled by the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). At the federal level, they are handled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Your lawyer can help you determine whether your case would be better filed at the state or federal level, then work with you to file it and pursue compensation for the damages you suffered.

Work with an Experienced Evanston Employment Discrimination Lawyer

Discrimination in the workplace is never acceptable. If you feel you have faced workplace discrimination, discuss your situation with our experienced Evanston Employment Discrimination Lawyers now to determine the most effective way to move forward with your case. Contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline today to schedule your initial legal consultation with us.