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Religious Freedom Law or Free Pass to Discriminate?

Posted on: February 28th, 2018 by

Some states have adopted or contemplated adopting so-called “religious freedom” laws. These laws create a risk of allowing religious groups, or businesses, to discriminate against others when their religions call for it. For example, many Christian groups look down upon the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual (LGBT) community, and may refuse clientele that are gay. Even…

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Wrongful Termination of Pregnant Employees  

Posted on: January 28th, 2018 by

Being pregnant should be a time of joy, anticipation, and excitement, not of frustration and despair. Unfortunately for some mothers, they experience the latter due to an employer who refuses to keep them on the payroll simply because they are pregnant, are expecting to become pregnant, or have given birth to a child. If you…

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Workplace Harassment of Muslims on the Rise  

Posted on: January 28th, 2018 by

Hate crimes against Muslims have never been higher in the U.S. than now. Even in 2001 after the September 11th attack on the Twin Towers, hate crimes against Muslims were fewer, according to the Pew Research Center. Hate crimes are not always easy to prove, and only a fraction of hate crimes are even treated or…

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Sexual Harassment and the Employer’s Duties

Posted on: January 28th, 2018 by

As an Employer, When is the Company Held Liable for Sexual Harassment? Employers, whether they are small or large, have many responsibilities in the workplace and these responsibilities are not limited to taking stock of inventory or answering to shareholders. As an employer, you must not only treat your employees with respect and avoid discrimination,…

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Chicago Passes New Ordinance to Help Protect Hotel Employees from Sexual Harassment

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by

The Committee on Workplace Development and Audit within the Chicago City Council voted to amend the Municipal Code to mandate that hotel employer to provide its employees with mobile panic devices when they work in and around bathrooms and guest rooms. This new ordinance was enacted in largely based on survey responses indicating that nearly…

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Evidentiary Standards in Employment Discrimination Cases Addressed in Seventh Circuit Case

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by

The 7th U.S Court of Appeals recently addressed an important issue – the standard for acceptable evidence in an employment discrimination case. The 7th Circuit’s decision was issued in Ortiz v. Werner Enterprises, No. 15-2574 (Aug. 19, 2016). In Ortiz, the plaintiff was a freight broker employed by Werner Enterprises. His employment was terminated in 2012 due to an…

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Overview of the Mediation Process in a Chicago Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by

Reports of sexual harassment in the workplace are making national headlines on a daily basis. From Harvey Weinstein to Matt Lauer, it is apparent that female employees are being subjected to extremely disturbing behavior and sexual advances by supervisors. If you find yourself in a situation where a supervisor is making unwanted advances or displaying…

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Overview of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by

Recent surveys by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that more than 20 percent of workers in the United States are 55 years of age or older and a disturbingly high percentage of those employees have experienced age discrimination. In fact, a survey revealed that approximately 64 percent of older workers confirmed that they experienced…

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Employee Who Sued Kane County for Wrongful Termination Secures Large Settlement

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by

A former sheriff’s deputy did not take his termination lying down. He stood up and took action by filing a complaint in the United States District Court of Northern Illinois. The sheriff’s deputy alleged that he was fired due to his political leanings and the concern by his supervisor that he would run against him…

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Avoiding a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit: Employer Responsibilities

Posted on: October 28th, 2017 by

Although it is against the law to discriminate against pregnant employees and applicants, employers continue to violate federal and state labor and employment laws more than you might think. While cases of blatant discrimination do exist, many employers that get slapped with a workplace discrimination lawsuit are surprised to learn they did anything wrong. Find out what you can…

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