Oak Lawn Sexual Harassment Attorney

Oak Lawn Sexual Harassment Attorney

Illinois workers have an absolute right to a harassment-free workplace. While sexual harassment does not include everything that may be offensive, this term is much broader than some people believe. More than likely, if something happened at work which made you feel uncomfortable, an Oak Lawn sexual harassment attorney may be able to give you some legal options.

At the Law Office of Mitchell Kline, we do not just fight for sexual harassment victims, although that is our primary focus. We also bring these situations into the light, so that all employers know where the line is, and what the consequences are for crossing that line. In that way, our Oak Lawn sexual harassment attorneys also prevent other people from enduring the same hardships.

Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims

Many people still have a problem with women in the workplace. Often, their discriminatory beliefs are so deeply ingrained that employers do not even realize they are legally wrong. But that is no excuse for sexual harassment, which usually comes in one of two forms:

  • Quid Pro Quo: Any bargain that includes any element of sex is illegal. Bosses cannot offer to discuss promotions over dinner or give nicer workstations to people whom they feel are more attractive.
  • Hostile Environment: James Bond creator Ian Fleming wrote that “once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and thrice is enemy action.” If things like suggestive remarks or sexually-themed computer wallpaper make it impossible to do your job or require you to avoid certain places at work, the environment may be hostile.

When sexual harassment allegations come up, employers have a duty to thoroughly yet quickly investigate them. Additionally, investigators must also hear from witnesses. Lapses in any of these areas may result in a retaliation claim. Employers cannot take action against anyone until they hear from both sides. Additionally, employers cannot punish individuals for lodging complaints or serving as witnesses.

Typically, our Oak Lawn sexual harassment attorneys handle more retaliation claims than sexual harassment claims.  

The Employment Discrimination Process

Generally, sexual harassment victims must first approach the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After its lawyers review the case, the EEOC either takes legal action or, more than likely, issues a right-to-sue letter. This letter gives victims the right to partner with private Oak Lawn sexual harassment attorneys.

Significantly, the letter does not mean your claim is weak or lacks credibility. It simply means the EEOC did not want to take the case, probability for political reasons. So, do not get discouraged.

Any evidence of a quid pro quo, hostile environment, or retaliation is generally enough to raise a claim. The employer then must conclusively prove that the incident did not occur or did not affect the subsequent adverse action. That is a very difficult position to maintain, especially in the #MeToo era.

Damages in a sexual harassment claim usually include lost wages, job search expenses, and other such losses.

Connect With an Experienced Lawyer

Workplace sexual harassment victims usually have several legal options. For a free consultation with an experienced Oak Lawn sexual harassment attorney, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline. We routinely handle matters in Cook County and nearby jurisdictions.