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Glenview Employment Discrimination Attorney

Glenview Employment Discrimination Attorney

Employment discrimination is illegal everywhere in the United States. In spite of that fact, it still happens. When employment discrimination happens, employees suffer in a variety of ways. Direct discrimination victims can suffer from the mental stress of facing discrimination at work and potentially losing thousands, even millions, of dollars in compensation over the course of their careers. Others in hostile workplaces also suffer from toxic cultures in which discrimination is accepted and encouraged. Our Glenview Employment Discrimination Attorney can help.

Federal vs. Illinois Employee Protections

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based on the following:

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

Many states have additional protections in place for employees. Illinois is one of these states, and includes the following protected classes in its state-level anti-discrimination law:

  • Gender identity;
  • Status as a domestic violence victim;
  • Marital status;
  • Order of protection status;
  • Arrest record;
  • Permanent address or lack thereof;
  • Mental or physical disability; and
  • Military status.

As an employee in Illinois, you have the right to enjoy all of the protections afforded by state and federal law.

Types of Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination comes in many forms. A few examples of discrimination that can hurt employees and applicants include:

  • Refusing to hire people with a specific racial background, or those outside a specific racial background;
  • Forcing employees over a certain age to quit;
  • Paying men and women unequally for performing the same work;
  • Segregating employees into different departments, roles, or branches of the company based on their status in a protected class; and
  • Firing an employee after learning she is pregnant.

What to do if You Face Employment Discrimination

If you feel you have faced employment discrimination, document it. Take note of every interaction you have in which you feel you have faced some type of discrimination, whether it is lunchroom banter that regularly devolves into harassment or a time when you were excluded from a project or training despite qualifying for the project or training.

Bring the documentation you gather to your company’s Human Resources department and discuss your experience there. Often, discrimination issues can be resolved internally. If your company cannot resolve your issue internally, consider working with an employment lawyer to file a discrimination claim with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Work With an Experienced Glenview Employment Discrimination Attorney

You have the right to work in a discrimination-free environment. If you feel you have faced discrimination at work or retaliation for taking certain protected actions, like providing testimony to support a colleague’s discrimination claim, schedule your initial legal consultation with an experienced employment lawyer to discuss your case in greater detail and determine an appropriate way to proceed. Contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline today to set up your initial legal consultation.