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How to Deal with Federal Employee Discrimination

Just like employees of private companies, employees in federal workplaces have the right to be free from illegal harassment and discrimination. Federal discrimination laws have been established by Congress and prohibits employers to discriminate on the basis of color, sex, race, religion, pregnancy, disability, national origin, age, or genetic information. However, federal employees must follow a different set of rules and procedures for filing a complaint against their employer with the EEOC.

How to Know if you have been Wrongfully Terminated?

It is a very unpleasant feeling when your boss calls you to their office and hands over a box, telling you to gather your things because you've been fired. In some cases, you see it coming, and in some cases you don't. Whatever the case, you should contain yourself and try not to burst out in anger, as it will only make things worse. However, do ponder over whether you have been fired for a valid reason or wrongfully terminated.

Did you know that over 150,000 employees are wrongfully discharged every year in the United States? Most of the employees think that they don't have a say in such matters and quietly accept their fate. However, there are several statutes and federal laws that protect employees from wrongful termination. If you are a victim, you can file a lawsuit against your employer with the help of an experienced employment discrimination attorney.

When is the Right Time to Hire an Attorney in a Retaliation Case?

Many times, we come across a situation at our workplace where we know what the right thing to do is, but the consequences of doing it isn't in our favor. If you have decided to take action by reporting your employer for their discriminatory acts or violation of any laws, there is a high chance they may retaliate and take drastic measures against you. Most people depend on their job to feed their families and even the thought of losing it is enough for them to take back their decision.

However, you should not worry about your employer as you are protected by the law for doing "the right thing".

FAQs about Retaliatory Discharge in Illinois

If you have been fired recently or treated unfairly at your workplace for asserting protected rights, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against your employer for retaliatory discharge. You may be confused and have several questions about your situation. Here we have answered some of the most common questions clients ask to our employment law attorney regarding retaliatory discharge:

Sexual Preference/Orientation Discrimination at Workplace in Illinois

When an employer takes a negative employment action against an employee, such as denial of benefits or harassment, based on their sexual orientation, it is known as sexual orientation discrimination. It is essential for employees to know about their rights against such practices and behavior of employers, and how it can be with other types of discrimination, like disability, sex, marital status, religion, and gender identity, in order to take legal action.

A Look at the Provisions of the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act

The bipartisan VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was passed by the Senate on June 6, 2017, which was signed into law in by President Donald Trump, with the aim to bring a significant reform to civil service. The bill comprises of statutes that will ease restrictions pertaining to termination and discipline of employees that is directed from the veteran affairs dependent. The law is designed to streamline the process of handling employee misconduct and give more power to make decisions to the Secretary of Veteran Affairs.

Protections from Employment Discrimination a Complicated Area for LGBT People

It's hard to believe, but in 2016 there is no law at the federal level explicitly protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people from workplace discrimination. However, there is some indication that this may be beginning to change at the federal level, complementing an Illinois law that has protected employment rights of the LGBT community for the past decade.

Proving Retaliatory Discharge Requires Actual Causation Under Illinois Law

There has long been an idea under Illinois law that doing the right thing should be protected. If you notice your employer is doing something illegal and report it to law enforcement, you should be rewarded for this good deed, or at the very least protected from retaliation at your job. Illinois has long had what's known as the Whistleblower Act on the books to protect employees from retaliatory discharge if they report wrongdoing on the part of their employer. But a recent decision by the Illinois Supreme Court has now made it harder to prove retaliatory discharge cases.

Different Types of Leaves for State Employees under the FMLA in Illinois

If you are diagnosed with or suffering from a serious medical condition and find it difficult to perform your duties, then under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you can take medical leaves. These leaves are also granted when an employee has to take care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition. The main purpose of the FMLA is to provide people with the opportunity to balance the personal and family needs with the demands of the workplace.

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