Protection Against Discrimination

Protection Against Employment Discrimination

Employers are prohibited from making discriminatory decisions about hiring, promoting, compensating, training or firing employees. They are also prohibited from retaliating against employees who have exercised their right to report discrimination or participate in investigations of discriminatory practices. Federal and state laws and local ordinances offer legal remedies to victims of discrimination based on race, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age and disability.

Filing a Discrimination Claim

What is involved with filing a discrimination claim in Illinois? You may file such charges of discrimination with the federal administrative agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the state administrative agency, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), or local agencies. Federal and state laws pertaining to discrimination differ, not only in the type of employers and employees covered by those respective laws, but also in the types of discrimination that each law prohibits. Your attorney can advise you of these differences and make recommendations to you about which agency would be best for your particular facts. Charges of discrimination and court complaints alleging discrimination must be filed within a set period of time. If you miss the time limit, your claim may no longer be actionable.

Seeking legal counsel as early as possible insures that you will be better prepared to make the right choices about moving forward with a potential claim.

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