Workplace Discrimination Lawyer Chicago

Workplace Discrimination Lawyer Chicago

All workers in Illinois have the right to work in an environment free of discrimination. It can be challenging for a person to perform their duties when they are dealing with derogatory remarks based on things unrelated to their work performance, such as their age, race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. Discrimination may involve various aspects, such as hiring, termination, promotions, compensation, benefits, training, assignments, and scheduling. 

When this happens on a regular basis, the discrimination can turn the workplace into a hostile environment. This can cause a lot of emotional distress for the employee. This practice is illegal and should be dealt with properly. Contact a workplace discrimination lawyer in Chicago to file a discrimination claim. 

Types of Discrimination

There are many types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace:

  • Age. Age discrimination applies to those over the age of 40. This means that a younger employee cannot claim discrimination based on their age. 
  • Gender. A worker should not be denied raises or promotions solely based on their gender.
  • Sexual orientation. A person is not allowed to be treated unfairly at work based on the fact that they are of a sexual orientation other than heterosexual, such as homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or asexual.
  • Race. A person’s skin color or ethnicity should not be a factor in the various elements of employment.
  • Disability. A person with a physical or mental disability should be given a reasonable accommodation to perform certain work duties. 
  • Pregnancy. Pregnancy is a legally protected class, applying to women who are currently pregnant or recently gave birth. This may mean giving pregnant women light duty and longer restroom breaks, among other benefits. 
  • Religion. The Constitution provides for freedom of religion. A person cannot be denied a job opportunity or any of the benefits that come with it solely based on their religion.

Illinois Human Rights Act

Under the Illinois Human Rights Act, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against or otherwise take adverse employment action against an employee due to their gender, race, color, religion, physical or mental disability, age, citizenship status, ancestry, national origin, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy status. The law also prohibits retaliation and sexual harassment in employment.

This law applies to any Illinois employer with at least one employee. An employee with a successful claim against an employer may be entitled to receive back pay, lost benefits, attorneys’ fees, litigation costs, and uncapped damages for emotional distress.

Contact a Workplace Discrimination Lawyer in Chicago

Workplace discrimination is a common issue in the workplace, but that does not make it right. It can create an abusive environment and make it difficult for an employee to focus on their work duties. 

Count on the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline to handle your discrimination claim. With more than 30 years of experience, we can handle your claim with ease. Schedule a free consultation today by calling or filling out the online form.