Tinley Park Sexual Harassment Attorney

Tinley Park Sexual Harassment Attorney

Employees have a fundamental right to a harassment-free workplace. This right goes even further. Employees also have a right to find satisfaction in the workplace. That means the work environment should be free from distractions which may detract from either of these goals. These rights are especially important in traditionally male or female-dominated jobs. Many women have a hard time in firehouses, and many male nurses face harassment.

At the Law Office of Mitchell Kline, our Tinley Park sexual harassment attorneys are dedicated to worker rights, because we are workers, as well. Additionally, we firmly believe that everyone should have equal rights. So, we use proven methods to prepare employment discrimination cases and stand up for you in court. We do not stop fighting until we obtain the best possible result under the circumstances.

Sexual Harassment in Cook County

Like many other things in life, sexual harassment sometimes occurs suddenly and without warning. Other times, this kind of harassment takes place slowly over time. Alas, victims in both these situations sometimes feel powerless. Sometimes, the sexual harassment happened so fast that the victim thinks nothing can be done. Other times, the victim believes that he or she must simply learn to live with the harassment.

Neither of these things is true. At the Law Offices of Mitchell Kline, our Tinley Park sexual harassment attorneys routinely deal with both major types of sexual harassment, which are:

  • Quid Pro Quo: Employers may not condition treatment on sexual favors, either directly or indirectly. On TV shows, it is romantic when the shy boss asks the pretty intern to talk about an assignment over lunch. In the real world, such behavior is illegal and dangerous.
  • Hostile Environment: Many times, going to work is like stepping around a pool of water on the sidewalk. Once or twice is not a big deal, but if management does nothing about the situation, there is a problem. Similarly, one or two sexual remarks are usually not actionable. These seemingly inconsequential events add up over time.

These kinds of sexual harassment clearly violate well-established laws. And, in the post-#MeToo era, Cook County jurors are much more sympathetic in these situations. So, damage awards may be high. These damages may include compensation for economic losses, such as lost wages, as well as noneconomic losses, such as emotional distress.

Retaliation Claims in Illinois

Sometimes, our Tinley Park sexual harassment attorneys need not even establish the underlying basis of a sexual harassment claim. Unlawful retaliation is sufficient. Many times, the plaintiff need only establish a temporal relationship. If the protected activity occurred on Monday and the retaliation occurred on Wednesday, the employer would be hard-pressed to provide a legal explanation. In this context, protected activity includes things like:

  • Reporting alleged sexual harassment,
  • Encouraging another worker to report harassment,
  • Providing testimony in an official investigation, and
  • Informing workers of their right to a harassment-free workplace.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency charged with harassment enforcement, often pursues more retaliation cases than harassment cases. Retaliation is that much easier to prove in court.

Reach Out to an Aggressive Attorney

Sexual harassment and retaliation both come in many forms. For a free consultation with an experienced Tinley Park sexual harassment attorney, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline. We do not charge upfront legal fees in employment discrimination cases.