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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-44.jpgIn the workplace, everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. Unfortunately, there are instances where individuals may experience sexual harassment, which can not only affect a person emotionally, but may also have an impact on their career and ability to earn an income. Many sexual harassment cases involve what is known as “quid pro quo” sexual harassment in which a person may be offered benefits or threatened with penalties based on their response to sexual requests. However, sexual harassment can also involve actions that create a hostile work environment, which may affect a person’s ability to perform their duties while also having a detrimental impact on their emotional well-being. Employees need to understand how to address sexual harassment, and the steps to take to prevent and/or stop the illegal behavior.

 What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

There are some situations in which an individual may experience unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate comments, or other conduct that creates an intimidating or offensive workplace. This is a form of sexual harassment that can affect anyone, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or age.

Some examples of behaviors that may constitute hostile work environment sexual harassment include:

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DuPage County Divorce LawyersDivorce can be one of the most challenging and overwhelming experiences in a person's life. It brings a multitude of changes, emotions, and legal processes that can take a toll on your well-being. During this difficult time, it is crucial to prioritize self-care. 


Emotional Well-being

Divorce is emotionally draining and can lead to feelings of grief, anger, sadness, and anxiety. Self-care activities such as therapy, journaling, spending time with loved ones, and engaging in hobbies can help you process your emotions and promote emotional healing. Building a strong support system is essential when navigating a divorce. Creating a network of friends and family, or joining a support group, can provide emotional support, guidance, and understanding.

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Wheaton sexual harassment attorney for retaliationThe challenge of sexual harassment in the workplace affects employees across various industries. While reporting such misconduct is a crucial step in combating it, victims often face another insidious problem – retaliation. It is important for those who have experienced sexual harassment to understand how to address potential retaliation that may occur after reporting an incident.

Understanding Your Rights

Federal and state laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, protect employees from retaliation for reporting sexual harassment. These laws prohibit employers from punishing employees who engage in “protected activities” such as filing a harassment complaint or participating in an investigation.

Recognizing Retaliation

Retaliation can take many forms. It may be blatant, such as demotion, job reassignment, pay cuts, or termination. However, it can also be more subtle, including things such as exclusion from meetings, negative performance reviews, or hostile treatment from supervisors or colleagues. Understanding what constitutes retaliation is the first step in addressing it.

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DuPage County parenting agreement attorneyThere is no question that divorce can be very challenging. However, the divorce process can be especially difficult for parents who will need to make major changes in their lives, address financial concerns, and protect the interests of their children, all while dealing with the strong emotions that come with the end of a marriage. One of the most crucial aspects of any divorce involving children is a parenting plan. This is a legal document that outlines the ways in which parents will share parental responsibilities and address child-related concerns after their marriage has ended. For Illinois parents who are going through the divorce process, it is essential to understand what will be included in their parenting plan.

Required Elements of a Parenting Plan

Within 120 days after a divorce or child custody case begins, parents are required to submit a proposed parenting plan to the court. In most cases, parents will negotiate with each other to create an agreed parenting plan, and after this plan is submitted, it will be reviewed by a judge. If the judge determines that the plan provides for the best interests of the couple's children, the plan will be approved. However, if parents encounter disputes about the terms of their parenting agreement, they may each prepare and submit a plan that details how they believe different issues should be addressed. A hearing or trial may then be held to determine how the differences between the two plans will be resolved.

A parenting plan must address a variety of issues, including:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_141243286-min.jpgIncome, real estate, vehicles, and most other assets a spouse acquires during a marriage are included in the marital estate. During an Illinois divorce, the spouses will need to divide this marital property. The asset division process may involve deciding who will keep the marital home, determining how to divide bank account balances and retirement funds, splitting up personal possessions, and more.

Conflict and disagreements during the property division process are common. In this blog, we discuss the basics of property division in Illinois and the options divorcing couples have when resolving property division conflicts.

Negotiated Property Division Settlements

Although many people assume that the court always makes decisions about how to divide property in a divorce, most divorcing couples are able to negotiate a settlement. If the spouses are able to communicate effectively and negotiate in good faith, they may usually work out an arrangement regarding property division.

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