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The role of whistleblowers in the employment world

Parents expect their children to do the right thing. When faced with challenges and adversity, they expect their sons and daughters to rise to the occasions and find workable solutions that improve their situations and follow the rules. When a child disobeys and undertakes an action that is dangerous, disrespectful, or prohibited, an Illinois parent may intervene with swift action and a punishment to enforce their disapproval.

Sexual harassment is not just a problem for women

It is a not uncommon assumption that sexual harassment victims are always women. This fallacy lays in the common gender roles that women and men have assumed through history, where women traditionally held positions under or serving men who held more prestigious roles. Though stories of male victims of sexual harassment are not as ubiquitous as those of accounts from female victims, one famous male actor has taken it upon himself to tell his story of sexual harassment in his employment industry.

Congressional rule bans discrimination against LGBTQ staff

Individuals often look to the federal government for guidance and clarity on how best to manage the many laws and policies that govern Americans everyday life. The world is forever changing, and it can be hard for Illinois residents to stay ahead of the many important social, economic, and political movements that drive change in their communities. It is therefore to the government that many look for an example of how to approach living justly in this country.

How to recognize sexual harassment in the workplace

Inappropriate sexual conduct or even improper words used within one's workplace may constitute sexual harassment. When an Illinois resident feels threatened or harassed by such behaviors, they may be the victim of illegal employment actions. They may wish to discuss their workplace struggles with attorneys who support harassment victims and advocate for their rights.

What is the EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws throughout the country. When an Illinois resident experiences discrimination on the job or during the process of applying for a job, they may file a complaint with the EEOC to investigate the matter. The EEOC is charged with enforcing many laws, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

What makes an employment termination wrongful?

Losing a job or getting laid off can be devastating news for an Illinois resident who has a family to support. Finding a new job is not easy for anyone, and for many, losing a job can also mean losing benefits and dipping into savings that were not intended to be spent. Changes in the economy can lead to layoffs and terminations that workers cannot control, but certain terminations do not fall under these generally accepted forms of firings.

Government employers cannot discriminate based on age

It may seem that the longer an Illinois resident stays in the same job, the better they will become at completing their tasks. Through experience and determination a long-term employee may become an asset to their employer as they are able to take on more complex and sensitive tasks due to their knowledge. However, it is an unfortunate truth that some experienced and older employees find themselves on the receiving end of discrimination based on their age. The United States Supreme Court recently addressed an age discrimination issue, though, and came down on the side of workers.

What is a hostile work environment?

Inappropriate behavior in the workplace is often placed on a continuum of badness, where some actions or comments are deemed untimely while others are deemed attacking. When a worker feels harassed by the harasser and a sexually charged environment created by their co-workers then that worker may be a victim of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is prohibited by federal and Illinois state law and victims of it have rights.

Religion is a protected employment class

Religion is a topic that can unite some and drive conflicts between others. Whether an Illinois resident chooses to follow a particular church or faith, or elects to live their life according to secular principles, there is bound to be someone who disagrees with their approach to spiritual living. Under the law men and women in the United States are free to decide what religion, if any, they wish to follow and subsequently they may not be penalized in their jobs for the decisions they make with regard to this important topic.

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