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 b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_563366815.jpgBeing sexually harassed is an incredibly demeaning, embarrassing experience to go through. Whether an individual was the victim of quid pro quo harassment or hostile work environment harassment, the situation likely caused them many sleepless nights. Although it is every worker’s right to be free from discrimination and harassment at work, filing a sexual harassment complaint takes a great deal of courage. Unfortunately, some workers report harassment only to find themselves facing punishment or retaliation from an employer.

If you reported sexual harassment and your employer and/or the person you reported is retaliating against you, you should know that this behavior is unlawful. Retaliation violates state and federal law, and you do not have to tolerate it.

Examples of Retaliation After a Sexual Harassment Report

Imagine the following scenario: A woman has put up with her co-workers’ rude, derogatory, and offensive remarks about her body for long enough. She decides to assert her rights and file a sexual harassment complaint with her employer’s human resources department and end the harassment once and for all. She returns to work the next day only to learn that her work hours have been cut in half.

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dupage county divorce lawyerDigital currencies have become an increasingly important component of investors’ portfolios. It is estimated that just under four percent of people own cryptocurrency, meaning there are more than 300 million people invested in digital currency across the globe. Cryptocurrency, NFTs, and other non-traditional assets are much harder to value and divide during divorce than other types of assets. Not only is cryptocurrency subject to volatile fluctuations in value over short periods of time, but these assets are also easy to hide from a partner during divorce.

Crypto May Be Used to Hide Assets

Digital currencies are not held in a bank, making them easy to conceal during divorce. Spouses who want to avoid sharing digital assets during their divorce may simply fail to disclose the assets on their financial disclosure form. Often, the best way to find hidden assets is to look for clues in financial documents like tax returns or loan applications. Forensic accounting and asset tracing may be needed to find cryptocurrency and other investments in a divorce.

Illinois law gives divorcing spouses the right to an equitable share of marital property. Cryptocurrency acquired during the marriage is marital property subject to division in divorce. If you suspect that your spouse is not disclosing all of his or her property during divorce, contact a skilled lawyer for help.

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dupage county child custody lawyerParents are not perfect. Many parents have made mistakes in their past that they regret, but this does not necessarily make them any less qualified to care for their children. On the other hand, some parents have shown a pattern of criminal behavior that does make it more likely for child abuse or neglect to take place.

Many divorcing and unmarried parents have questions about how a parent’s criminal history can impact child parenting matters. Does having a criminal history automatically prevent a parent from getting parenting time? What if a parent has concerns about their child’s safety with the other parent? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to questions like these. Courts make child-related decisions on a case-by-case basis. However, it is very possible that a parent’s criminal history may impact the court’s decision regarding parental responsibilities and parenting time.

The Child’s Best Interests is Paramount

Illinois courts always prioritize the child during any child-related matter. If there is evidence to suggest that a parent may represent a danger to the child, the court may order restricted parenting time. Restrictions may include:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1548723218.jpgHappy hours and other work events involving alcohol are common in many different industries. Holiday parties, retirement parties, and other celebrations are often overflowing with wine, champagne, beer, and liquor. However, many people are starting to question whether serving alcohol at work events is a good idea. Alcohol has been proven to slow down the central nervous system and lower inhibitions. Studies have also shown a direct link between alcohol consumption and sexual risk-taking.

If you were sexually harassed or assaulted at a work event, the perpetrator’s intoxication does not excuse the behavior. Report the harassment according to your company guidelines. If the situation is not rectified, contact a sexual harassment lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Sexual Harassment at Work May Be Fueled by Alcohol

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dupage county prenuptial agreement lawyerWhen you are excited about getting married, negotiating a prenuptial or premarital agreement (often called a “prenup”) may be the least romantic thing you could think of. So why are more couples getting prenups now than ever before? Because a well-thought-out prenuptial agreement can help define your financial relationship to each other, providing clarity and peace of mind in the event of a divorce or death down the road—as well as during the marriage itself. Here are five important advantages of signing a premarital agreement:

 1. Keep Control of Your Assets

 When you get married, you are combining your property and finances. During a divorce in Illinois, a court would try to divide these assets equitably and fairly. Without a prenup, the court—not you—would decide what “fair” means. Do you really want to give up that control? Or would you rather determine in advance what would be fair to each of you, avoiding a potentially long and expensive process of identifying, appraising, and dividing complicated assets later on?

 2. Determine What is Yours, Mine, and Ours

 Often, one person comes into a relationship with significantly more assets than the other. If the marriage eventually dissolves, do you want to protect this preexisting property? Or if one person enters with considerable debts, like a student loan, do you want to protect the other person from liability for the debts? If you own a business, would you want that business to be protected from a claim of ownership by the other party? A prenuptial agreement can clarify such cases and separate your assets into shared and non-shared categories.

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