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The Role of the EEOC in Federal Employee Discrimination Claims in Illinois

Job discrimination based on unchangeable factors is not only unfair, it is downright inhumane. Fortunately, both private and federal employees in Illinois are protected against workplace discrimination in several ways.

Top 2 Signs of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace You May Be Ignoring

You may think you'll never be discriminated against, but if you find yourself gender bias in the workplace, you are not only being treated unfairly, your employer is also blocking you from lucrative career opportunities due to their personal opinion. Their actions may not be apparent at first, but certain actions and circumstances should convince you into taking legal action against them. Here are some actions you should watch out for:

What the Illinois Department of Human Rights Can and Cannot Do for a Discriminated Employee

Workplace discrimination can not only take a toll on your self-confidence, but it can block access to opportunities, which can otherwise improve your career aspects. In Illinois, such actions are illegal, especially if they compromise the safety and wellbeing of a protected class.

Why Employers Cannot Discriminate Against a Pregnant Employee in Illinois

When you are expecting a baby (or babies) and suffering from daily morning sickness, the last thing you want to hear is your employer saying you cannot take days off. This is where the Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation Law can protect you. According to the law, it is illegal for an employer who has 15 or more employees to treat an employee unfairly because they are pregnant.

Discrimination and Holiday Bonuses in Illinois - What You Should Know

Even though workplace discrimination is disappearing in the U.S., many people must still contend with its sting. You may be afraid to come forward because of a stubborn manager, but the good news is you can assert your legal rights without fear of getting fired from your job. Even though Illinois has strict wage and hour laws, certain rules protect a worker's right to pay, hours worked and holiday bonuses - irrespective of their gender, health status, religion, or ethnicity. However, before hiring an attorney, make sure you understand the following facts.

Filling a Whistleblower Termination and Retaliatory Claims

A whistleblower is an individual who either anonymously, or in-person, brings forward confidential information that might cause harm to public or customers. The act of whistleblowing is largely protected in Illinois under the Illinois Whistleblower Act providing employees with protection against wrongful termination and harassment.

Filling Disability Discrimination Claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Due to unfortunate events and accidents, individuals might undergo temporary or permanent disability. It may lead them to an inability to perform certain tasks, making it difficult for employees to rejoin their previous position or job. Disability discrimination occurs when an employee is not provided the opportunity to rejoin the workplace with the same dignity and job, or an employer refuses to provide an employee with an environment that allows for normal work. It is strictly prohibited under both the Illinois Human Rights Act and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines.

Reasons for Wrongful Termination

Being wrongfully terminated can be more painful than losing a job due to a recession. The wrong termination can happen due to dissemination, refusing to be part of a criminal offense, acting as a whistleblower, or when an employee adheres to public policy. In all cases, an employee receives protection and they should file a charge against their employer, seek damages, or even be reinstatement to their old or a better position. The following are some reasons that should be carefully assessed before a charge for wrongful termination is filled with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Proving A Retaliatory Discharge

Retaliatory discharge of an employee without legitimate grounds to dismiss is a form of wrongful termination. An employer may act in retaliatory discharge due to revenge when an employee refuses to carry out a task that is either illegal or may go against general norms of the workplace. According to the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, it is unlawful for an employer to engage in retaliatory discharge if an employee is exercising their legal rights. Retaliatory discharge is unlawful when an employee commits to following:

Federal Employee Discrimination

Employment discrimination is as prevalent in the public sector as it is in the private sector. To ensure federal employees and private citizens are not subject to employment discrimination by federal agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) strives hard to enforce federal laws and provide for a robust discrimination reporting process.

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