Discrimination Based on Gender, Sexual Orientation, and National Origin
In Illinois, as in the rest of the United States, discrimination is illegal. You are protected against workplace discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and/or national origin by both state and federal laws. The laws are very specific as to who is protected, what protections are provided, and in what circumstances one can file a complaint. At Newland & Newland LLP, we provide representation to both employees and employers dealing with discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and/or national origin. Whether you want to file a claim or need to defend your company against an unwarranted one, we can help.
Federal Protections Against Workplace Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles workplace discrimination claims on a federal level, including offering protection from discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and national origin. There many federal laws that provide protection from discriminatory practices in the workplace. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate in any of the following ways:
- Advertisements for jobs;
- Promotions or layoffs;
- Training programs;
- Retirement plans;
- Fringe benefits; and
- Any other conditions of employment.
Illinois Workplace Discrimination Protection
In Illinois, individuals are protected from discrimination in the workplace base don gender, sexual orientation, and national origin under the Illinois Human Rights Act. Charges of discrimination are filed through the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights, whether they are against:
- A private employer;
- The state government;
- The local government;
- Employment agencies; or
In most cases, employers are not subject to discrimination laws unless they have more than 14 employees. There are some exceptions to this rule, including cases of discrimination based on disability, sexual harassment claims, or if the employer is part of the government or a public contractor. A knowledgeable attorney can help you determine if you are protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act. We also assist employers who may need to defend against discrimination base claims.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against at your job based on your sexual orientation, national origin, or gender, it is important to seek legal guidance quickly. At our firm, we have the experience you need at this critical juncture. Our team will help you navigate the applicable federal and state laws to ensure you find justice. Contact Newland & Newland LLP employment law attorneys today. Our clients can be found throughout the Chicagoland area including in Arlington Heights, Crystal Lake, Itasca, and Waukegan.