Discrimination in the Workplace

Tips for Protecting Your Rights

Helpful Tips and Information

If you think you are about to be terminated because of discrimination or because you complained of discrimination, you may find the tips below helpful:

  • Consult with an attorney before you quit your job. Your resignation may negatively impact your discrimination and/or retaliation claim.
  • Do not delete or remove any documents or items from the workplace that do not belong to you, and do not access any documents/information that you are not authorized to access. Doing so may affect the value of your claim.
  • Remain polite and respectful in communicating with your employer and co-workers. Do not do or say anything that would put you in a bad light..
  • Be proactive. Discrimination and retaliation claims must be filed within a certain time period to be actionable.
  • Remember that in Illinois, employers are required to provide employees with a copy of their personnel records within 7 days of a written request. Consult with an attorney to determine when would be the best time to request your personnel files.
  • If you have been told that you will be terminated if you do not resign, you still may be entitled to unemployment compensation if you resign. Ask an employment law attorney about your options in this regard.
  • Remember that many valuable, capable employees are mistreated and/or terminated for illegal and unfair reasons. Your employer's decision to terminate you may have nothing to do with your work product, worth or abilities.

Contact a Chicago Workplace Discrimination Lawyer

For more information and helpful tips that apply to your unique situation, contact the Law Offices of Fern Trevino. The firm handles discrimination and retaliation claims for executives and employees throughout the Chicago land area and has been doing so for 25 years. The firm is ready to advocate for your right to equal treatment in the workplace.

For accurate information and valuable insight, contact a Chicago workplace discrimination attorney from the Law Offices of Fern Trevino.

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