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dupage county sexual harassment lawyer Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a hot button issue in recent years. After celebrities such as Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer were publicly scrutinized for accusations of workplace sexual harassment, more and more people started taking notice of the issue.

As an employee, it is crucial that you understand your rights under Illinois and federal law. Many workers unknowingly allow discriminatory and offensive behavior to go unchecked because they are not aware of the rights and the legal safeguards designed to protect them. This allows perpetrators to continue their unlawful behavior and avoid being held accountable for their misconduct. Unfortunately, discriminatory practices tend to proliferate if nothing is done to stop it, which is why it is so important for employees to speak up.   

Employees Have a Right to Be Free from Discrimination and Harassment

As an employee, you have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or national origin. Under the Illinois Human Rights Act, employers are required to provide a workplace free from any form of unlawful discrimination. This includes sexual harassment. 

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dupage county divorce lawyerProperty division, parenting plans, child support - with so many things to contend with during a divorce case, tax considerations often get put on the back burner. If you are planning to divorce, it is very important that you understand how the divorce will influence your tax obligations and prepare appropriately. Educating yourself about tax-related matters now can help you avoid unpleasant surprises and unexpected fees later on.

Tax Filing Status

Once the divorce is finalized, you and your spouse will file taxes separately. During the divorce process, however, you may still be allowed to file jointly. If your divorce was not finalized in the previous year, you can file jointly. Filing jointly may allow for a higher deduction and therefore, a larger refund. If your divorce decree was issued on or before December 31, you cannot file jointly for that year.

Tax Considerations for Retirement Accounts

There are tax penalties and fees associated with early withdrawal from retirement accounts. If your or your spouse has a retirement account and contributed funds to it during the marriage, part or all of the retirement funds are likely marital property. To avoid penalties and tax implications when dividing retirement accounts make sure you use the appropriate legal process and orders for dividing shared retirement funds. Typically, this involves a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO).

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dupage county divorce lawyerWhen a marriage nears its end, the situation can become contentious rather quickly. Both spouses may deal with feelings of resentment, guilt, anger, and fear. Another common element in many divorces is the financial strain that comes with it. If one spouse cannot afford to move out, then the spouses may be stuck living together until a solution can be reached.

Many spouses question whether they can even get a divorce if they are still living together. They wonder if there is a mandatory separation period in Illinois before divorce is permitted and how long it must last. 

If you find yourself in this situation, read on to learn about the divorce requirements in Illinois and what to do if you want to file for divorce but cannot move out immediately.

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illinois sexual harassment lawyerEven though the Illinois legal system has developed a sophisticated process for handling complaints of sexual harassment, many people still endure this unacceptable behavior at work and are unsure how to handle it. Worries about embarrassment in front of colleagues, a desire to avoid confrontation, and/or a fear of retaliation often keep people from speaking up about sexual harassment when it happens. Sometimes, it can be difficult to recognize that inappropriate behavior is sexual harassment until after the fact. 

However, it is essential to speak up and take action when you feel that are being sexually harassed. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is that what offends one person may not necessarily offend another, and the person bothering you may not realize they are doing so. At the same time, it is important not to let someone continue bothering you simply because they state they do not intend to sexually harass you. 

What is Sexual Harassment? 

While sexual harassment can manifest in many different ways, it is important to know that all sexual harassment is gender-based employment discrimination, and it is against the law. The law puts sexual harassment into two basic categories: Quid pro quo (the exchange of sexual favors for employment benefits) and hostile work environment (when sexual harassment is so extreme that it is abusive or interferes with someone being able to do their job). 

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illinois divorce lawyerResearch suggests that few life events are as disruptive as divorce, especially when it happens unexpectedly. However, being prepared for divorce - anticipating its beginning and understanding what you can do to help yourself through the process - can make a major difference in terms of how much stress you feel. If you are considering divorce or suspect your spouse may be getting ready to file for divorce, here are five steps you can take to minimize the negative impacts of a divorce on your life. 

Understand Your Financial Situation

Many couples have an implicit or explicit arrangement in which one spouse manages the family’s financial affairs. If you are not the spouse who takes care of the money, do everything you can to learn about the specifics of your family’s financial situation. Find out where your bank accounts are located and what the balances are, how much money you owe on your mortgage, car payments, and other loans, and how much you have saved for retirement. Gathering documentation that proves these things is important as well. 

Consider Where You Will Live

Do you already have a sense of whether you or your spouse will stay in the marital home? If you are going to be the one moving out, where will you go - and how will you afford to stay there? If you may need to spend some time with a family member or friend, try to have a plan for how long your stay will be, how you can help out while you are there, and what you will need to do to get into your own place. 

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