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Illinois sexual harassment lawyersThere is little question that sex sells. Sex appeal has long been used in public relations and marketing, and a few restaurant chains have made a fortune incorporating attractive, provocatively-dressed servers into their themes. One of these chains, however, is now facing allegations of bait-and-switch tactics that former employees say amounted to sexual harassment and sex discrimination in the workplace.

Orland Park Servers File EEOC Claims

Two former employees at the Orland Park, IL, location of Twin Peaks have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The two women allege that while they understood that sexuality would be a part of working at the hunting-lodge style sports bar and grille, the expectations placed on them changed dramatically about six months after the Orland Park location opened in April of 2016.

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DuPage County divorce attorneyCryptocurrency is a type of digital currency which is rapidly gaining popularity. Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum are some of the most popular brands, but many other cryptocurrencies are also available. The word “cryptocurrency” refers to the fact that encryption techniques are used to safeguard transactions involving the digital asset. These currencies are popular in part because they can be exchanged in decentralized, peer-to-peer networks which are unregulated by governments. Because of the unfamiliar and shadowy nature of cryptocurrency, divorces involving such digital assets can be complex.

Cryptocurrency Treated the Same as Other Assets in Divorce

If you or your spouse has invested in Bitcoin or another type of cryptocurrency and you plan to get divorced, the currency will be subject to division along with other marital property. Illinois is an “equitable distribution” state. This means that if you purchased the cryptocurrency during the marriage, you may have to share it with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. Illinois divides property and assets based on many factors including each spouse’s income and future employability instead of diving the property 50/50. So, it is not guaranteed that the person who purchased the cryptocurrency will end up with all of it post-divorce.

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Illinois sexual harassment attorneysSexual harassment can be devastating for those victimized by it. If you are being treated inappropriately at work, you may feel embarrassed, helpless, angry, and unsure of how to respond. First and foremost, you should know that sexual harassment is never acceptable and that every person, regardless of gender or status, deserves to feel safe at work. If you are currently being sexually harassed, it is critical that you document every instance of harassment.

Sexual Harassment is Against the Law

Although some perpetrators claim otherwise, sexual harassment is against both local and federal law. Specifically, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination or harassment due to a person's sex. There are two types of sexual harassment according to the law. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when a superior encourages an employee to trade sexual favors for workplace perks or continued employment. Hostile workplace harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, sexually-charged and offensive remarks, and inappropriate physical contact. In order to be considered illegal harassment, hostile workplace sexual harassment must be severe or pervasive enough to make the victim unable to complete his or her work.

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Wheaton family law attorneyThe millennial generation has embraced the protective powers of prenuptial agreements more than previous generations typically did. This could be due to several factors, including the generation’s propensity for getting married later in life and being intentional with family and business decisions. A prenuptial agreement is not only for the ultra-rich or celebrities. It is a financial planning tool which can be valuable to couples whether they ever get divorced or not.

Why You Should Consider a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements or “prenups” have gotten a bad reputation because they are often associated with “gold-digging” celebrities. However, the reality of using a prenup is much different then television and movies would have you believe. A premarital agreement allows both parties in an engagement to make decisions about their assets and property before getting married.

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Illinois sexual harassment lawyersIf you look at Google Trends to see the recent history of the term “sexual harassment,” you can see that this phrase started being searched at a much higher rate right around October of 2017. This is no coincidence. October 2017 marks the beginning of what has become a revolution against sexual harassment in the workplace. Before the end of that month, over eighty women had made accusations of sexual harassment against media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Allegations against other high-profile individuals quickly followed. Since then, many more women who had silently endured sexual harassment have come forward to report the behavior. Throughout this increased media attention, there has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation about terms like sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual assault.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a term which is frequently misused. Many people use this phrase to mean undesired sexual attention, and while that can be part of sexual harassment, it is by far not the full definition. From a legal perspective, sexual harassment can only exist in the workplace. So, while the construction worker who cat-calls women walking past a construction site is inappropriate and annoying, he or she is not engaging in unlawful sexual harassment.

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