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Chicago sexual harassment lawyersSexual harassment is a type of sex-based employment discrimination that violates both federal and state law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates that about one out of every four U.S. workers have been affected by sexual harassment at work. Nobody should have to tolerate sexual harassment. However, it often goes unreported due to misinformation and fear of retaliation. Although it is expressly against the law for an employer to retaliate against a worker for making a harassment or discrimination complaint, it is not uncommon for an employer to exact revenge on an employee for reporting sexual harassment. When an employee suffers some type of harm or injury due to sexual harassment, a sexual harassment lawsuit may help him or her receive compensation.

When is a Successful Sexual Harassment Claim Possible?

There are two types of sexual harassment claims according to the law: hostile work environment harassment and quid pro quo harassment. The former involves sex-based or derogatory communication and behavior while the latter involves a superior attempting to gain sexual contact in exchange for work-related advantages.

When an employee suffers sexual harassment, he or she should report the harassment to the appropriate individual or department—typically the human resources department. If the employer does not address the harassment and take steps to prevent further harassment, the company may be liable for damages. It is important to note that an employer cannot take steps to address sexual harassment if he or she is not aware of the issue.

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Wheaton family law attorneysSharing parental responsibilities and parenting time of a child with another parent can be full of challenges and disagreements. One issue that many parents struggle with is parental relocation. When one parent wants to move a significant distance away, the other parent may be concerned about how this will affect the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. If you or your child’s other parent are planning to move, make sure to familiarize yourself with the laws regulating parental relocations in shared parenting situations. Depending on the distance between the parent’s current residence and the new residence, the relocating parent will likely be required to petition the court for a modification to their divorce decree.

What Counts as a Parental Relocation?

If a parent is moving only a short distance away, the move may not need to be approved by the court. According to Illinois law, a parental relocation is one in which a parent with a greater or equal share of parenting time moves to a new residence and one of the following is true:

  • The child’s current residence is in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, Will County, Kane County, or McHenry County and the new residence is further than 25 miles away.
  • The child’s current residence is in any other Illinois County and the new residence is further than 50 miles away.
  • The child’s current residence is in any Illinois County and the new residence is further than 25 miles away and is outside of the State of Illinois.

Requirements When a Parent Moves a Significant Distance Away

If the move meets the criteria for a parental relocation, the parent who is intending to move must give the other parent written notice of the move at least 60 days in advance. He or she must inform the other parent of the address of the new residence, the intended moving date, and how long the he or she plans to live at the new residence. If the other parent agrees to the move and the court finds that the move is in the child’s best interests, the court will allow the parents to make the necessary modifications to the divorce decree.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_stop-retaliation-sexual-harassment-whistleblower.jpgMost people know that sexual harassment is against the law. However, many do not realize that it is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for reporting sexual harassment. Retaliation can take many different forms, but most involve the employee receiving some type of negative work-related consequence. If an employer retaliates against an employee for filing a sexual harassment complaint, the employee may be entitled to damages. 

You Have a Right to Oppose Unlawful Practices

Equal Employment Opportunity laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who report EEO violations. It is unlawful for an employer to take adverse action against a job applicant or employee who:

  • Complains or threatens to complain about sexual harassment or discrimination
  • Refuses to follow an order that is reasonably thought to be discriminatory
  • Gathers information or evidence from coworkers about a potential EEO claim or
  • Participates in an investigation into alleged sexual harassment or discrimination

When someone is the victim of sexual harassment, including hostile work environment harassment or quid pro quo harassment, he or she has a legal right to report the harassment. Whether it is a verbal complaint or a formal report with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, reporting sexual harassment is a protected act.

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DuPage County family law attorneysAlthough they have long been the subject of misunderstandings, more and more people are choosing to sign a prenuptial agreement before getting married. Prenuptial agreements, or “prenups” for short, are contracts that specify each spouse’s property rights and responsibilities in the event of divorce. If you and your partner are considering drafting a prenuptial agreement, you should know that these documents must meet certain criteria in order to be legally-enforceable. Prenuptial agreements that do not meet these specifications or that contain certain mistakes may be considered invalid. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced family law attorney during the creation of any prenuptial agreement.

Incomplete or Falsified Financial Disclosure

When a couple designs a prenuptial agreement, each spouse must be fully forthcoming about his or her assets, income, and debts. A complete inventory of the spouses’ finances is needed so that each spouse can make informed decisions about the provisions contained in the agreement. Without a full accounting of each spouse’s property and debt, it will be impossible for the couple to form an equitable plan regarding how property and debt should be divided in the event divorce. Furthermore, if the agreement contains incomplete or falsified financial information, it is possible that the document will be considered invalid.

Each Spouse Must Consent to the Agreement

Legal contracts such as prenuptial agreements are only valid if they were entered into voluntarily. If a spouse was coerced or forced to sign a prenuptial agreement, the document is not valid. Each spouse must be of sound mind when he or she agrees to the provisions. Furthermore, spouses must have time to read and consider the agreements contained in the prenup before signing. For example, if a spouse asks the other to sign a prenup mere hours before their marriage ceremony, it is likely that the court would not uphold the provisions contained in the agreement.

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Illinois sexual harassmentThe term sexual harassment often garners a strong response, but it is often misunderstood. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other federal and state legislation, it is unlawful for employees to be discriminated against on the basis of their gender. Sexual harassment is one type of sex-based discrimination millions of men and women face every year. Sadly, many victims stay silent about harassment simply because they do not understand their rights.

There are a number of common misconceptions that exist regarding sexual harassment including:

Myth 1: Only Women Can Be Victims of Sexual Harassment

Although women experience sexual harassment on a more frequent basis, men can also be sexually harassed. In fact, about one out of every five sexual harassment complaints reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are filed by men. Men may suffer sexual harassment from both female and male harassers. Many men are hesitant about reporting the harassment because they fear they will not be believed, or they do not realize that the law protects both genders from this unacceptable mistreatment.

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