The most effective way to defend against workplace discrimination lawsuits is to put the proper policies in place aimed at preventing them from occurring. Having longstanding policies against discrimination in place to show officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) in the event a claim is filed against you will help your company appear proactive rather than reactive.
The Chicago law firm of Herman J. Marino Ltd., P.C., provides assertive legal defense for businesses against employees' claims of discrimination. We tackle these cases head-on by conducting our own thorough investigation, responding to EEOC or IDHR authorities and developing a legal strategy that makes the most sense for our corporate clients.
An employee must notify an employer that discrimination is occurring and give the employer an opportunity to address the situation before a claim can be investigated. Failure to properly notify an employer can lead to the claim being denied. Contact our discrimination lawyer to discuss the best defense strategy in your case.
Because Mr. Marino frequently drafts employment handbooks and other workplace policies that are designed to prevent discrimination, he is adept at responding to discrimination claims when they occur.
The Employer Has The Burden Of Proof In Discrimination Cases
An initial discrimination claim is filed by an employee with the EEOC or IDHR. The agency investigating the matter may ask you to provide a written response to the charge or request that you and the employee attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation. Our law firm can represent you in either scenario.
If authorities decide to investigate the charge against you, they may interview witnesses and collect documents. If the agency determines that discrimination occurred, it may attempt to reach a settlement or refer the case to its legal staff to decide whether the agency will file a lawsuit. If the agency determines that no discrimination occurred, the employer will be sent a notice of right to sue, which allows the employee to file a lawsuit in a court of law.
Let Us Review The Facts Of Your Case
It is important to enlist the services of a knowledgeable employment discrimination defense attorney as soon as possible in the process. We will represent you through all phases of the process and protect your interests every step of the way. Call 312-347-9990 to schedule a meeting.