Bold Employment Discrimination Lawyers
You’re angry, confused and maybe even scared. You feel that you’ve been violated and tossed aside by the people and organization you’ve come to rely on and trust.
In short, your job has become your nightmare.
Employment discrimination lawyer Michael T. Smith understands your stress and suffering. For more than 30 years in northern Illinois and surrounding counties, we have been relentless in taking on large public and private employers that mistakenly believe they can act with impunity.
Some employers think they’re above the law. They’re not.
An Attorney Who Knows The System
According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, on-the-job discrimination is illegal under several federal laws, including:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
prohibits employment discrimination based on race , color, religion, sex or national origin
- Equal Pay Act of 1963
protects men and women performing essentially the same work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
protects individuals who are at least 40 years old
- Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
prohibits employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in private companies and in local and state government agencies
- Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
prohibits discrimination against qualified disabled individuals working in the federal government
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994
ensures that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other “uniformed services” are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present or future military service
Federal Employees Have Separate Laws Protecting Them
Another U.S. law- the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978- also makes discrimination illegal, but it targets federal employees and applicants.
The law is enforced by the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
The Civil Service Reform Act dictates that employees with authority may not take personnel actions that favor or discriminate against co-workers or applicants on the basis of any of the following:
Federal employees wielding authority are also barred from making personnel decisions based on attributes or conduct-such as marital status, sexual orientation and political affiliation-that don’t affect job performance.
Under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 it’s also illegal to bring reprisal against federal employees or applicants for whistle-blowing or for exercising an appeal, complaint or grievance right.
The Law Offices of Michael T. Smith in northern Illinois and surrounding counties is a discrimination law firm that has been doggedly pursuing justice for our clients for more than 30 years. We go up against federal agencies and private companies alike, including:
- Federal Aviation Administration
- U.S. Post Office
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Contact A Tireless Employment Discrimination Lawyer
We’re litigators, not negotiators. We don’t want to settle for the bare minimum for our wronged clients. We want justice.