The protections provided for same-sex marriage have not necessarily meant that there are workplace safeguards for a person's sexual orientation or gender identity in this country. The US Supreme Court will make a major employment law ruling on whether federal civil rights workplace protections apply to members of the LGBTQ community.
Workers in Illinois had insufficient protections or recourse against sexual harassment in the workplace. But a recently-passed bill strengthened the state's employment law by requiring annual sexual harassment training, restricting arbitration clauses and adding additional protections for consultants and contractors.
A job applicant's pay history often restricted wage increases for new employees and led to wage inequality based upon gender. A new Illinois law will prevent employers from asking job applicants or their former employers about their salary history. It is hoped that this employment law will prevent a form of wage sex discrimination.
It is likely that readers of this Illinois legal blog have some opinions about the current state of American politics. Whether they are in favor of the current course of governance or are ready for a change once the next election cycle happens, they are undoubtedly aware that divisive and derogatory language has been used by government leaders against others within the federal system. In particular, members of Congress have been told to "go back where [they] came from" by the President of the United States.
Individuals of different physical and mental abilities have the capacity to enrich and improve their places of employment. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, some American workplaces are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and must provide them with reasonable accommodations so that they may do their work. Illinois residents who wish to understand if and how the law applies to their employers may wish to contact their local employment law attorneys. This post should not be read or used as legal advice.
Retaliation is a harmful practice that some employers undertake against their employees. It can involve causing their employees to miss out on employment benefits, denying them promotions or raises, subjecting them to terminations, and many other forms of adverse conduct. An Illinois resident who suspects that they are the victim of workplace retaliation should seek legal assistance to protect their livelihood and to stop the actions of their employer.
Experiencing workplace discrimination can be painful, upsetting, and downright demoralizing. However, many Illinois residents who experience it feel trapped because they do not want to or cannot leave their jobs in order to make the harassment and ill treatment stop. Workplace discrimination is therefore a double-edged sword that harms individuals while they are at work but snares them in a system that makes it hard for them to get out.
Vulgar jokes, inappropriate comments, and unwanted physical contact have no place in American work environments. In fact, laws protect men and women from sexual harassment from their co-workers, bosses, and other work associates.