Chicago Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Lawyers

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, retaliation and sex (gender), among other protected categories. Importantly, each of the laws contain their own particular requirements. For instance, most (but not all) federal and state laws require the employee to timely file an administrative charge before proceeding to court. Likewise, the damages that may be recovered under each law are often different.

Learn more below about how federal and Illinois state law protect employees — and how to tell if your rights may have been violated. If you believe that you may have been the victim of workplace discrimination or harassment, contact the Nolan Law Office immediately for a free consultation to learn more about your rights and what steps are necessary to preserve them.

Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) prohibit age discrimination against individuals who are 40 years or older. Notably, neither law protects workers under the age of 40. Age discrimination in… Read More

Disability Discrimination

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) protects qualified individuals with a disability from discrimination in any aspect of their employment. A person can show that he or she… Read More

National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”). Under both laws, no one can be denied equal employment opportunities because of his or her… Read More

Pregnancy Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) amended Title VII to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Pregnancy discrimination constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII and is also unl… Read More

Race Discrimination

Race discrimination and harassment are prohibited both by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. §1981, which is commonly known as Section 1981. The Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA Read More

Religious Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion (or lack of religious belief) in hiring, firing, or any o… Read More

Retaliation

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”), an employer may not fire, demote, harass or otherwise retaliate against any applicant or employee because he or she filed a charge of di… Read More

Sexual Discrimination & Harassment

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) as well as sexual harassment. Discrimination based on sex involves treating an applicant o… Read More