Job Discrimination Claims in Arlington Heights and Chicagoland Areas
Discrimination is illegal in the United States, and in Illinois, you are protected against workplace discrimination by specific laws. If you believe that you are a member of a protected class and have been the victim of workplace discrimination, it is time to contact an attorney from Newland & Newland LLP. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge about workplace discrimination in Illinois you need to navigate this process.
Protected Classes in an At-Will State
Illinois is an “at-will” employment state, so in most cases, employers can choose to let go of an employee for any number of reasons. However, if you are a member of at least one protected class, it is illegal for your employer to fire, suspend, demote, or otherwise discriminate against you in a workplace with at least fifteen employees. Protected classes include:
- National origin;
- Age; and
Proving Workplace Discrimination
While the laws against workplace discrimination are very clear on both a federal and state level, workplace discrimination claims can be very challenging to prove. For this reason, it is very important to seek out a law firm that has experience in this area of the law. At Newland & Newland LLP, we will use our more than twenty years of legal experience to help you prepare a strong case and put you in the best position to get what you deserve. Some of the elements that you may need to present a case for employment discrimination include:
- You were qualified and meeting expectations for performance;
- Being a member of at least one of the protected classes listed above;
- You were fired;
- No one else was fired in similar circumstances, or someone who was not in your protected class was hired to replace you; and
- Evidence of your employer’s biases or prejudices.
If you are a member of a protected class and were fired based on discrimination by your employer, you have rights. You may be entitled to compensation and/or being rehired to your former position. However, you have a limited time to file your claim, so it is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible.
At Newland & Newland LLP, we have extensive experience in Illinois and federal employment law, including workplace discrimination claims. We provide service to clients throughout Lake County, McHenry County, Cook County, Kane County, and DuPage County from our offices located Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Crystal Lake, Chicago, Itasca, and Waukegan. Contact us today.