Many employees who come to the Law Office of Michael T. Smith & Associates do not realize that they must file an administrative complaint before bringing an employment discrimination lawsuit against their employer in court. Depending on the type of violation, you may need to file a claim with either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Illinois Department of Human Rights. For federal employees, a separate federal EEO complaint process applies.
Each of the above agencies will investigate your allegations and issue findings and results in a written report. However, their procedures are not identical. They have different limitations periods, investigatory processes, and settlement procedures. The Law Office of Michael T. Smith & Associates understands the procedural requirements of filing discrimination charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. If you do not understand the important differences between these two administrative procedures, you could jeopardize your claim.
Whether we are fighting for you in court or representing you in an administrative proceeding, your best outcome remains our bottom line. That may not always mean taking a case to court. After assessing the litigation strengths of your claim, we may recommend a different course of action. It may be possible to negotiate a settlement on your behalf, even while a claim is in the administrative stage. If you are still employed, it may also be possible to work with your human resources department. The Law Office of Michael T. Smith & Associates tailors its comprehensive employment law services to your unique needs.
Employment law issues require careful attention to administrative and court procedures. Attorney Michael T. Smith has helped hundreds of employees bring claims before the IDHR, EEOC, and EEO. If you are experiencing discriminatory treatment in the workplace, call for a free initial consultation. You can also use our online contact form.