When employers take negative action against you without good cause, take action against them
There are certain things in life you can’t control. Your gender and age are two of the big ones. So when sex or age discrimination takes place in the workplace, it’s particularly hurtful because it speaks to the core of who you are as a person.
At The Law Offices of Michael T. Smith, your outrage is our outrage. When you’ve been discriminated against because you are male or female, are pregnant, have been sexually harassed, or are considered too old or too young, we don’t like to settle with those who have aggrieved you. We prefer to fight for justice.
There are strong federal and Illinois laws protecting you from discrimination. Take advantage of all that they offer by hiring a seasoned and relentless sex and age discrimination lawyer in Naperville, DuPage County and throughout northern Illinois.
Two laws that protect you
When it comes to sex and age discrimination in the workplace, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 are the two most important laws in the land. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, each of these laws prohibits prejudicial action taken against employees in any aspect of employment including:
- Hiring and firing
- Compensation, assignment or classification of employees
- Transfer, promotion, layoff or recall
Under both acts, illegal discriminatory practices include:
- Retaliation against an employee for filing a discrimination charge, participating in an investigation or standing up to discriminatory practices
- Employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits or performance of employees based on gender or age
Information on Illinois discrimination law for you
The Illinois Department of Human Rights investigates charges of employment discrimination filed against private employers—and state and local government agencies—by
employment discrimination attorneys in the state including Michael T. Smith. The employer under investigation must have at least 15 employees in Illinois for the department to investigate. However, an employer with fewer employees can be investigated for the following reasons:
- The charge alleges sexual harassment, retaliation or discrimination based on physical or mental disability
- The employer is a public contractor or part of the state government
Charges against the federal government should be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity counselor at the agency in which the discrimination took place.
We’re here to help you take on sex and age discrimination in the workplace
Our extensive trial experience and knowledge of state and federal laws could be one of your biggest assets when fighting discrimination.