Protecting Your Rights At Work
When you go to work, you have a right to expect a workplace that is free from sexual harassment or discrimination of any kind. It is a basic human right, codified in our Constitution. However, in far too many American workplaces, people go into a workplace where they are made to feel afraid, sexually intimidated and discriminated against. In many cases they are even fired for illegal reasons involving their race, age, sexual preferences or other similar reasons.
You have rights in the workplace, and we can help you protect those rights. At Pavich Law Group, P.C., we represent workers in Chicago, Illinois, and Indiana areas, in all types of employment law matters. Our attorneys combine experience, knowledge and tenacity to provide exceptional advocacy to protect our clients’ rights in the workplace.
Forms Of Workplace Discrimination
Workplace discrimination can take many forms. An employer might refuse to hire someone, fire them, refuse to promote someone who is deserving or pay someone less. But if any of these actions are done for the sole reason of the employees membership in a protected class, it is illegal.
Harassment in the workplace can come in the form of a hostile work environment and quid pro quo. A hostile work environment is where the employee is subject to sexually inappropriate talk, emails and other communications. Quid pro quo is when a superior or co-worker offers you a promotion or other workplace in exchange for sexual favors. Both of these forms of workplace sexual harassment are illegal.
While an employer does have the right to hire and fire employees, there are legal limits. If your performance was adequate and you were fired for your membership in a protected class (age, race, sex, religious beliefs, etc.), it could be a case of wrongful termination.
Make sure you speak with an experienced attorney. Not every bad thing that happens at work is an example of discrimination or harassment. An experienced lawyer can help you determine whether you have a viable claim and how to best proceed.