Federal and state laws prohibiting workplace discrimination have been in place for decades. Unfortunately, discrimination still occurs in work environments throughout the United States. When it happens in Greater Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, Herman J. Marino Ltd., P.C., is prepared to protect victims' rights and pursue justice through litigation.
What Does Discrimination In The Workplace Look Like?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the most prominent federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. The Illinois Human Rights Act extends rights to individuals who are not covered by the federal statute. These laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on these and other factors:
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
Workplace discrimination can occur in a number of ways. It is illegal for an employer to base decisions on hiring, compensation, career advancement, discipline, accessibility to training or termination of employment based on any of the factors mentioned above.
The types of damages you can pursue in a discrimination case vary based on a number of factors unique to your case. It is important to work with a knowledgeable employment law attorney like Herman J. Marino, who will maximize the amount you recover. Call 312-347-9990.
In most cases, an individual who believes he or she is a victim of discrimination must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) before filing a lawsuit. Either agency can investigate the matter and inform the person who filed the claim whether he or she should retain legal counsel.
Prompt Action Is Important
A timely response to workplace discrimination is critical. If you feel you are a victim of discrimination, we can help. Write down as much about your workplace experience as possible and contact our experienced employment discrimination lawyer to schedule a consultation.
We accept all discrimination cases on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront costs and you will only pay an attorney fee if we help you obtain a recovery. Call to schedule a meeting.