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When to Contact a Workplace Discrimination Lawyer in Chicago

According to the Human Rights Commission of Illinois, it is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you because of age, sex, race, religion, or nationality of origin. Workplace discrimination is a serious matter. You may be facing discrimination if your employer or your coworkers treat you differently because of your race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or age. Tell your employer if you feel that you are being discriminated against or harassed. If your employer fails to deal with the issue, consider contacting a workplace discrimination lawyer.

Discrimination and harassment can take various forms. Sometimes the unacceptable behavior is explicit, but it can also be subtle or even invisible. If your employer has discriminated against you because of your race, gender, or age, he or she may have violated laws that protect you against the following:

  • Age discrimination. The law prohibits discrimination against people over 40 because of their age.
  • Disability discrimination. This law protects individuals with a disability or a history of disability.
  • Pay or compensation discrimination. This law requires that men and women receive the same pay for doing the same job at the same company.

All employees do not have to be treated exactly the same, but they must be treated fairly.

  • National origin discrimination. This law protects employees and job applicants from discrimination based on their country of origin.
  • Pregnancy discrimination. This law prevents an employee from being discriminated against because of pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions related to pregnancy.
  • Race discrimination. This law protects employees and job applicants from being discriminated against because of their race or physical characteristics associated with race such as skin color, facial features, and hair texture, among others.
  • Discrimination based on gender identity, among other things.

Why should you contact a workplace discrimination lawyer?

  • If you believe you have been discriminated against and have been unable to solve the issue with your employer, a workplace discrimination lawyer can evaluate your case and help defend your rights.
  • Employment laws can be complicated and confusing and you may not be familiar with all of them. A labor attorney has a complete knowledge of the labor laws of Chicago, Illinois.
  • Lawyers are trained to negotiate with your employer or litigate your case.
  • Filing a discrimination lawsuit is a long and laborious process. A workplace discrimination lawyer can help protect your rights and get you the benefits you deserve.
  • Many things must be done, often simultaneously, in order to correctly manage a work-related claim (administrative and judicial tasks, negotiation, etc.). Your lawyer will handle everything for you.

Protect your rights. Employers often allege that they are not guilty of discrimination because they didn’t know about what was happening.

How to help your lawyer in a workplace discrimination case

Try to collect evidence of the discriminatory behavior and make a list of possible witnesses. The evidence can be in the form of e-mails, photographs, and other material evidence showing how you have been treated. You should also take notes. In your notes, include the dates of the events that led up to the problem you experienced in the workplace as well as the events that occurred afterwards.

This Blog is made available by Grupo MedLegal for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or medical advice. The information provided on the Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal or medical advice from a licensed professional.

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