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wheaton discrimination lawyerBeing the victim of sexual harassment is already bad enough. People not believing you is even worse. Despite it being illegal, many people still face sexual harassment and discrimination at work. The harassment may come in the form of requests for sexual favors, derogatory comments about a person’s sexuality, offensive statements about someone’s body, or unwanted touching. Any form of sexual harassment is unacceptable. No one should have to tolerate being sexually harassed at work.

Employers Have a Legal Obligation to Investigate and Address Sexual Harassment

Did you know that per state and federal law, employers have to address sexual harassment? If you reported sexual harassment or discrimination to your manager and nothing was done, do not give up. Take the following steps:

  • Report the harassment according to your company policy – Most companies have policies and procedures for reporting sexual harassment. Follow your company guidelines. If the person who is harassing you is the person you are supposed to report harassment to, you may have to go over that person’s head to the next supervisor.
  • Keep records of everything – Write down every instance of harassment in a notebook or electronic document not connected to your work computer. Record what was said by who, who was witness to the harassing behavior, and how you responded. Make sure you also keep track of the times you have reported the harassment.
  • Contact a lawyer for help – If nothing is done to remedy the situation, you may want to contact a sexual harassment lawyer. Your attorney can help you take the next steps. You can also file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and/or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

It is Illegal for Employers to Retaliate Against Someone for Reporting Sexual Harassment

If you are like many people, you may be nervous to file a sexual harassment lawsuit for fear of retaliation. Fortunately, federal and state laws protect workers against retaliation. Your employer cannot decrease your pay, fire you, give you less desirable work duties, or take another action against you out of revenge. If the employer does retaliate against you, you may have a valid unlawful retaliation lawsuit. You could be entitled to monetary damages.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1935210119.jpg Divorce can be daunting for anyone. Most spouses considering divorce are only vaguely aware of what the divorce process involves. They may also be juggling feelings of regret, anger, and sadness which can make the divorce process even more intimidating. Fortunately, you do not have to handle divorce on your own. An experienced divorce lawyer can guide you through the process, offering the legal advocacy you need during this difficult time.

However, no two divorce lawyers are the same. It is important that the divorce lawyer you choose has the skills and experience needed to handle your particular situation effectively. As you vet potential divorce lawyers, consider the following questions:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1322061185-min.jpg Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination. While unlawful, sexual harassment continues to occur in DuPage County and throughout Illinois. Workplace sexual harassment falls into two broad categories: Quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment.

Many people are unsure of what types of behaviors constitute sexual harassment. Some victims of sexual harassment convince themselves that they are overreacting or misunderstanding the situation. To be clear, anyone who feels threatened, offended, insulted, or demeaned at work should speak up. Even if the behavior has not yet crossed the line into sexual harassment, it is likely to escalate in the future, so it is best to report the behavior right away. That being said, people who have been victims of sexual harassment at work often experience the same types of feelings.  

Red Flags You Are a Victim of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can take countless forms. You may be a victim of sexual harassment if:

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wheaton divorce lawyerMany people assume that money is the answer to all of their problems. However, in reality, money can often make life more complicated. This is certainly the case when it comes to divorce. High net worth divorce cases usually involve a greater number of complex issues legally, financially, and personally. If you and your spouse have amassed considerable wealth and you plan to divorce, keep the following considerations in mind.

Valuing and Classifying Property May Be the Hardest Part of the Property Division Process

Deciding who gets what is often one of the most contentious parts of the divorce process. In a high net worth divorce, many couples also run into challenges valuing assets and identifying assets as marital or non-marital. Real estate, investments, business interests, and other complex assets should be professionally valued before spouses begin negotiating a property division settlement. Assets will also need to be classified as marital property belonging to both spouses or non-marital property belonging to only one spouse.

The Consequences of Hiding Assets is Even Greater

The consequences of undisclosed income or assets in a high net worth case are often particularly significant. If you suspect that your spouse is not being truthful about finances, you may want to work with a forensic accountant in addition to your lawyer.  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1793023840-min_20211208-132526_1.jpgEmployees have the right to be free from sexual advances and offensive behavior at work. Although multiple federal and state laws prohibit sexual harassment, workplace harassment and discrimination continue to be problems in Illinois and throughout the U.S.

Unfortunately, many victims of workplace sexual harassment never report the harassment. They fear that nothing will be done to stop the harassing behavior, or worse, that they will face retaliation for reporting the harassment. If you are in this situation, you should know that retaliation is unlawful. Your employer may not “punish” you for filing a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint. If they do, you may be entitled to legal remedies including monetary damages.

What Does Employer Retaliation Look Like?

When an employee is sexually harassed at work, he or she should report the sexual harassment according to the company’s sexual harassment policy. Often, this means reporting the harassment to the human resources department. The employer is required by law to address the harassment properly and prevent further harassment. Unfortunately, some employers take the opposite approach and retaliate against the person who reported the harassment.

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