Unequal Treatment – Discrimination and Harassment

Workplace discrimination is prohibited under federal and state law.  These cases can be complicated, but our team knows what it takes to prove your case without wasting misspent energy attacking the company’s decisional process.

It’s important to understand that Illinois is an “at will” state, which means an Illinois employer can fire an employee for any reason, at any time. This is powerful as it means many bad actions by your boss, supervisor or human resources are not necessarily illegal even if they are evil, stupid or bad decisions. In other words, you must experience an illegal adverse action to take action. While every case is different, you may be surprised to find out it’s perfectly legal for the following to occur in an Illinois workplace :

  • Sudden job termination with no advance warning or real explanation
  • Ostracism by your co-workers
  • Personality conflicts
  • A mediocre performance evaluation, not made available to other employers
  • A job transfer or demotion after 10+ years of employment
  • Refusing to keep your job open after more than 6 months of leave
  • Denial of unemployment benefits for alleged “misconduct”

However, if your employer does not have a legitimate non-discriminatory reason to treat you worse compared to your peers and is using protected traits such as your age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, gender or retaliating against you for engaging in protected activity, you may have a bona fide case of unlawful discrimination.

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