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Racial discrimination is still an issue in Illinois workplaces

People in Illinois may think that discrimination based on a person's race or color is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Instances of racial discrimination still occur in the workplace far too often. It is important to understand what racial discrimination in the workplace looks like.

What is unlawful workplace retaliation?

Employees in Illinois deserve to feel that their job is secure if they stand up to unlawful activities in the workplace. It is against federal law for a job applicant or an employee to be retaliated against for standing up for their protected rights in the workplace. Such rights include freedom from discrimination and harassment.

Bills address employee misconduct by state officials

Some people in Illinois who are in a position of power may believe that they are beyond reproach. This could lead them to commit acts that harm other people. When this happens in the workplace, this harm often takes place in the form of harassment or discrimination. This can be true not only in the private sector, but also the public sector. For example, two measures have been proposed at the Illinois statehouse that address harassment and discrimination by politicians and other government employees.

What is a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?

Whether a person is born with a disability or becomes disabled due to an illness or injury later in life, this doesn't mean that the person is totally unable to work. Many of these people want to work, in order to earn a living and contribute to society. Therefore, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers in Illinois and nationwide must make the reasonable accommodations necessary for a disabled worker to do their job, unless such accommodations would place an undue hardship on the employer.

Helping workers stand up for their rights

While sometimes workplace drama amounts to mere gossip around the water cooler, other times a person in Illinois finds themselves in a more serious situation.They may have been discriminated against in the workplace, they may have been wrongfully terminated or they may have been sexually harassed at work leading to a hostile work environment. While sometimes employers will address these injustices, other times an employer will turn a blind-eye or will even intentionally commit unlawful acts against the employee.

Cheerleading coach alleges sex discrimination, retaliation

Playing a high school sport can teach students teamwork, diligence and respect. Unfortunately, sometimes coaching a high school sport can present difficulties. For example, an Illinois high school cheerleading coach who was fired from her job is claiming that her termination was retaliatory. She also alleges that she was the victim of sexual discrimination in the workplace.

Sex discrimination in the workplace is still an issue in the U.S.

It seems like instances of sexual misconduct in the workplace are dominating the news this day, involving many prominent people in politics and the entertainment industry. However, gender discrimination can occur just about anywhere, affecting women in Illinois and nationwide, as one recent survey from the Pew Research Center shows.

Alleged nooses in Illinois workplace could be discriminatory

People in Illinois may think that racial discrimination in the workplace is a thing of the past, something that was overcome during the civil rights movement. However, instances of racial discrimination still occur in the workplace, even in this day and age. In fact, one alleged instance of racial discrimination recently took place in a UPS shipping facility in Illinois.

What are some common misconceptions about sexual harassment?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes sexual harassment in the workplace illegal. This law applies to employers who have at least 15 workers. While many people in Illinois may acknowledge that sexual harassment is still a problem that must be addressed, there are some misconceptions about sexual harassment that deserve clarification.

Former officer's sex discrimination claim settled

These days it is possible for women in Illinois to obtain jobs in sectors that previously were, and sometimes still are, predominantly held by men. Unfortunately, sometimes a workplace has a culture of discrimination against women, even if a woman is just as qualified for the job as a man is. This may be the case for a former police sergeant who claimed she was let go from her job and defamed after allegedly being discriminated against due to her gender. Her lawsuit was recently settled for $81,000.

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