Western Suburban Chicago Employment Discrimination Lawyers
Employment Discrimination Attorneys in DuPage County
The most common types of employment discrimination are gender discrimination and racial discrimination. Our attorneys at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC have handled many other types of discrimination claims, including cases involving age, religion, disability status, and national origin. There are many ways an employment discrimination case can be filed, and a number of applicable statutes, depending on exactly what happened to you. Contact an experienced employment discrimination attorney at our firm to learn more about filing an employment discrimination claim or lawsuit.
What Is Employment Discrimination?
Employment discrimination is the unlawful treatment of an employee or applicant based on certain characteristics, such as race, gender, religion, national origin, disability status, and age. This type of discrimination can take many forms, including employment decisions like hiring, firing, promotions, and other workplace-related matters. Discrimination in the workplace can also take the form of unequal pay or the creation of a hostile work environment that affects a person's job performance or their overall well-being.
Employment Discrimination Laws
The federal government and the state of Illinois have laws that protect employees from discrimination. These laws prohibit employers from making employment decisions based on protected characteristics, including race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, family status, and age. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the primary federal law that prohibits employment discrimination. In Illinois, employment discrimination is prohibited by the Illinois Human Rights Act.
State and federal laws prohibit employers from treating people differently based on a protected status. Decisions about hiring, promotions, benefits, and related issues cannot be made on the basis of a person's protected status. Employers are also prohibited from treating a person differently based on one of these statuses, asking inappropriate questions, refusing to make reasonable accommodations for a disability or religious belief, or retaliating against employees who make discrimination complaints.
Employees should also be protected from harassment related to a protected status. If an employee reports harassment or makes a complaint about these issues, the employer should respond appropriately and take steps to prevent a hostile work environment.
What Should I Do if I Have Experienced Employment Discrimination?
If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, it is important to understand your legal rights. An employment discrimination attorney can help you explore your options and discuss the best way to proceed with your claim. You may be able to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Illinois Department of Human Rights, or you may pursue legal action in state or federal court. As a remedy for discrimination, your employer may be required to restore you to a previous position, compensate you for income you lost due to a wrongful termination or a denied promotion, or pay compensation for damages you have suffered, such as emotional trauma.
Contact Our Wheaton Employment Discrimination Attorneys
Our employment discrimination attorneys know all the applicable laws—those related to employment discrimination and those covered by other legislation. Contact a knowledgeable employment discrimination lawyer at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC at 630-665-7300 to discuss filing an employment discrimination claim.