Sexual Harassment Attorneys in Sugar Grove

Dedicated Kane County Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Sexual harassment is an illegal action that unfortunately is far too common in Illinois workplaces. Harassment victims must deal with the harassment itself, as well as any emotional or physical injuries the harassment caused. This illegal practice violates both federal and Illinois state law. If a coworker or supervisor has sexually harassed you, contact an attorney right away. Even if you are not sure whether someone else’s actions constitute harassment, it is important to consult with a lawyer who can explain your legal options.

Sexual Harassment Defined

Often, victims are unsure whether the harasser’s actions legally qualify as sexual harassment. In some cases, harassers use this uncertainty to their own benefit and try to convince victims that no law was violated. The Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits unlawful workplace practices, defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual conduct when any of the following occur:

  • Such sexual conduct is directly stated or implied as a term of your employment;
  • Your response to such sexual conduct, either submitting to or rejecting, is used as a factor in employment decision that affect you; or
  • The sexual conduct substantially interferes with your work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

If you have experienced sexual harassment or any kind of discrimination, as defined above, at your workplace, contact a lawyer immediately. You may be able to file a suit against your harasser and/or employer. However, before you can file a suit and seek compensation for your damages, you must first complete certain legal procedures.

Filing a Complaint

The first step to filing a suit for sexual harassment is filing a harassment complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights within 180 days of the alleged incident. Alternatively, you can file a complaint with your local Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You will need to file your harassment charge with the EEOC within 300 days of the alleged incident, or 30 days after the Illinois Department of Human Rights has notified you that they are no longer processing your complaint. Filing your harassment complaint preserves your right to sue your employer if you choose so in the future.

The entire process, from filing your complaint to pursuing your case in court, can be quite complex. This type of case is time sensitive, and the law establishes important deadlines that cannot be missed. If you want to file a complaint, you should call an experienced employment attorney right away. Your attorney can advocate for you during the case, and protect your right to be free from workplace harassment.

Contact Sugar Grove Employment Lawyers

At Law Office of James F. White, P.C., our skilled Sugar Grove employment law attorneys have over 45 years’ combined legal experience. We serve clients throughout the entire Sugar Grove, Kane County and Chicagoland areas. Contact us today to discuss your sexual harassment claim with a lawyer during a free consultation.

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