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.
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.
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 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.
The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s forced Americans to take a hard look at how certain populations were being treated in the nation's plight to secure equality for all. As a result, many pieces of federal legislation were passed in an effort to address previous wrongs and to level the playing field for, among others, women, those over 40, and individuals of color. In Illinois and throughout the nation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provided a springboard for many claims of discrimination that were arising from places of employment.
Pregnancy is often an exciting if not nerve-wracking time in the life of a prospective mother. While she works to prepare her home to bring in her new bundle of joy, she may look for ways to reduce her extra stresses in other arenas of life. Particularly, a prospective Illinois mother may look for legally permissible ways to reduce the strain that her job puts on her changing body.
It is not unusual for a person to look for work and to feel discouraged that they do not have enough experience to get the positions they want. This may motivate them to go back to school or to advance their education so that they can, in time become qualified for the work they strive to do. However, the opposite of this problem is also an issue for some Illinois residents. Men and women who have worked their entire lives are struggling to find work due to what some people view as discriminatory hiring practices.
It is no surprise that entities that do business in the United States are regulated to ensure that the products and services that they provide are safe, legal and appropriate for consumers. Additionally, businesses are required to follow certain laws and rules regarding how they make their goods, how they employ and treat their workers and many other workplace issues. These legislative and rule-making policies are in place not only to protect businesses, but also to keep safe the people who work for the businesses and those who use the businesses' products.
Many individuals must commit themselves to working in order to provide for themselves and the people that they love. Spending time at a job can be difficult when a person would rather be with their loved ones or pursuing their passions, but, in the end, employment is a necessary component of staying financially afloat in a costly world.
Workplace retaliation is a serious threat to a person's employment. It is often initiated when a worker points out or files a claim based on perceived discrimination or harassment while on the job. If that worker then experiences retaliation in the form of workplace punishments due to their pursuit of justice after suffering harassment or discrimination, then they may also be a victim of workplace retaliation.