There are state and federal laws that protect workers from employment discrimination. Employment discrimination and other employment law issues are serious as they often carry an impact on the lives of those employees who depend on their jobs. Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. Under federal law, it is illegal to discriminate workers based on:
In addition to the above, under Illinois law it is also illegal to discriminate against employees on the basis of:
Discrimination can also take the form of harassment by superiors or fellow workers based on any of the above, a denial of a reasonable workplace accommodation based on a disability you may have or due to your religion, or retaliation for engaging in legally protected activities, such as filing a complaint about employment discrimination, sexual harassment in the workplace, or filing a workers’ compensation claim. Employment discrimination can occur concerning the:
Discrimination sometimes is readily apparent, while other times employment discrimination can be subtle or could take a long time to discover. If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination in some form, you should consult with an experienced employment discrimination law attorney as soon as possible.
There are many federal and state laws that protect workers from employment discrimination. Federal protections are derived from the following:
Illinois has enacted the Illinois Human Rights Act, which lays out more protections for workers against employment discrimination. These state laws apply to all companies that have more than fifteen employees.
Workers who have been victims of employment discrimination may be entitled to recovery under state and federal employment anti-discrimination laws. Damages that can be sought in an employment discrimination suit can include back pay and front pay, compensation for a lost promotion, reinstatement in your old job, becoming hired, or obtaining a reasonable accommodation for your religious beliefs or disability. You might also be eligible for attorney’s fees court costs.
The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline has worked with many employees who have been the victims of employment discrimination, so let us fight for your rights. Contact our Chicago, Illinois employment discrimination attorneys today for a free consultation regarding your situation.