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Employment Discrimination in Illinois

When it comes to employment discrimination, it is unlawful for employers to fire or deprive their employees of their workplace rights based on their color, sex, race, religion, national origin, or any other aspect that marks them as a minority in the workplace. While there is the Illinois Human Rights Act that protects employees from any type of discrimination, it is imperative for every employee to have basic knowledge of when they are subjected to discrimination by their employers.

Types of Employment Discrimination in Illinois

Under the Illinois Human Rights Act and NSCL, employers are prohibited to discriminate employees on the basis of sex, color, religion, race, marital status, ancestry, disability (mental, physical, or perceived), arrest record, genetic information, medical conditions (pregnancy and childbirth), victims of domestic violence, and age (40 and over).

Employees can take legal action if they are subjected to "aid and abet" discrimination. Moreover, this type of discrimination is not limited to the employer; it also includes the person(s) who aided in the discrimination to happen. Disabled employees are protected from employment discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Antidiscrimination Laws and the Number of Employees a Company Must Have

All provisions of Illinois antidiscrimination law are applied to companies with 15 or more employees. Such companies must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). It is mandatory for companies of all sizes to pay men and women equal for the similar amount of work under the Equal Pay Act.

Companies having 4 or more employees must adhere to all provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which protects employees against discrimination on their citizenship status basis. Even employers of one or more workers must adhere to all provisions related to sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and disability discrimination.

What Makes You Eligible for Employment Discrimination Claim

To establish a claim of employment discrimination against your employers, you have must have been subjected to one or more of the following circumstances:

  • You belong to a minority group at your workplace
  • The employer changed your duties to your disadvantage
  • The employer fired you, although you were adequately performing your job
  • You are being treated differently than others
  • Someone outside your minority group was hired in your place
  • Someone outside your minority group was not fired under similar circumstances
  • No giving legal entitlements due to any medical condition or injury such as leave or pay

Contact an Employment Discrimination Lawyer Today

Employment discrimination cases are quite common in Illinois. If you think you are a victim of any sort of employment discrimination at your workplace, then you should get in touch with an experienced and qualified Roselle employment discrimination attorney to help you build your case. Contact the Law Office of Michael T. Smith if you like to consult a professional lawyer.

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