Living with a disability can be tough. It can affect one's ability to conduct even the most basic daily activities. Yet, many disabled individuals are able to function in society, including playing a part in the workforce. Although these men and women are capable of performing a wide range of workplace duties, they are often unfairly discriminated against, which can serve as an emotional and financial blow. This is wholly unacceptable, which is why disabled individuals who believe they have been discriminated against should consider whether legal action is justified.
Discrimination unfortunately still occurs in a wide range of settings and situations. Although extensive efforts have been made to educate the public on discriminatory practices and harassment, such behaviors continue to occur in the workplace on an all too frequent basis.
Wrongdoing in the workplace should be pointed out. When it isn't, innocent workers and consumers can be unfairly taken advantage of. Although most workers feel an ethical obligation to report wrongdoing, they often fear retaliation. This concern can leave them in an uncomfortable position. After all, they want to do the right thing, but they also don't want to lose their job.
Discrimination is an unfortunate reality in the workplace. Despite laws disallowing it, on a daily basis, workers in Illinois are subjected to unfair treatment that prevents them from performing their jobs to their full potential. This discrimination can even prevent them from obtaining a job for which they are highly qualified. Those who believe they have been discriminated against by an employer may want to take legal action to right the wrong, but the first step in that process is understanding the type of discrimination at hand.
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.