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4 Reasons Not To Wait To File A Charge Of Discrimination Or Retaliation

Posted on: July 23rd, 2022 by

Discrimination is a common occurrence and many of the people who face discrimination do not file a claim. In this blog, we go over 4 reasons why you should not wait to file a charge of discrimination. 1 There is a Time Limit There are anti-discrimination laws that help to define what types of actions…

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How Does Illinois’ Current Minimum Wage Law Affect Tipped Workers?

Posted on: June 21st, 2022 by

Many employers have complied with the new minimum wage laws for Illinois, which went into effect on January 1, 2022. Currently, the minimum wage in Illinois is a tiered system. It raises the base minimum wage to $12 per hour for all employees except those who receive tips and those who are under the age…

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Chicago Meat Authority Settles Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

Posted on: May 21st, 2022 by

Recently, the Chicago Meat Authority, a Chicago meat processing plant, made the news, but not in a way that had anything to do with meat processing. The company settled a lawsuit against it for $1.1 million. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in February 2018 alleging that the Meat…

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4 Things To Know About The Fair Workweek Ordinance

Posted on: May 20th, 2022 by

The fair workweek ordinance helps employees to find stability in regular and predictable work schedules. When work schedules are not predictable the employee is compensated. These four facts help to illustrate the power of the Fair Workweek Ordinance in Chicago, IL.  1. Not every employee is covered by the Fair Workweek Ordinance You will need…

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Disability Discrimination: What is “Perceived Disability”?

Posted on: April 15th, 2022 by

Most people realize that it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you because of your actual disability. However, employees may not realize that it is also unlawful to discriminate because an employer thinks you have a disability, even if you do not have what the law might consider being a disability. This type…

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Employment Discriminations Basics: What Is “Adverse Employment Action”?

Posted on: March 5th, 2022 by

To have an employment discrimination claim, you must show that the illegal discrimination you are claiming led to an “adverse employment action.” This very specific language can be found in both federal and state law. It is also very commonly found in case law that addresses employment discrimination claims. But, what does it actually mean?…

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The Difference Between Illegal Termination and Termination That is Not Illegal

Posted on: February 10th, 2022 by

There are a lot of reasons that someone could lose their job. Perhaps the company was downsizing, or you got in a fight with your boss, or because your boss feels your performance was not sufficient, even if you disagree with his assessment. In general, most reasons for termination are not illegal, even if you…

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Are You in a Protected Class?

Posted on: January 10th, 2022 by

Contrary to popular belief, actions taken against you that may feel are unfair or wrongful may not be illegal. Actions that are based on illegal employment discrimination may be illegal under employment discrimination laws if two things happen: The person being discriminated against is being treated that way because they are in a “protected class”;…

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Can I Get My Job Back After a Wrongful Termination in Chicago?

Posted on: January 5th, 2022 by

Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires you for an unlawful reason. Wrongful termination cases often occur because of illegal discrimination or illegal retaliation. This is different from a situation where you might disagree with the employer’s reasons for the termination, and there is no evidence of discrimination or retaliation. In those cases where the…

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What Is “Adverse Employment Action”? Why Does It Matter?

Posted on: December 5th, 2021 by

Federal and state laws prohibit employers from taking “adverse employment action” against someone for being a member of a protected class. Protected classes are those who are considered “minorities.” Your age, sex, religion, race, creed, or skin color might put you in a protected class. Anti-discrimination laws do not protect employees from petty insults or…

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