Glenview Sexual Harassment Attorney
Assisting Clients with Sexual Harassment Claims in Chicago and Throughout Illinois
Every employee in Glenview, IL has the right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment. Ross J. Peters and The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. are dedicated to protecting this right.
Attorney Ross J. Peters has dedicated his career to passionately representing victims of sexual harassment in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation with employers. His service to Chicagoland has earned Mr. Peters recognition from his peers and praise from his clients. If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. today.
Sexual Harassment Lawyer in Glenview, IL
Sexual harassment is a term that encompasses a wide variety of conduct. Under the Illinois Human Rights Act, it is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or any conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment; or,
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or,
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
Generally, this definition of sexual harassment manifests itself in two scenarios: quid pro quos and hostile work environments.
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
The term “quid pro quo” derives from Latin and means “something for something.” In sexual harassment scenarios, one example of a quid pro quo is when someone in a supervisory position makes a sexually related demand to a subordinate employee in connection with either a positive or negative employment action. For example, a manager’s promise to promote or demote an employee in exchange for risqué pictures would amount to quid pro quo sexual harassment, as would the threat of demoting the employee unless the pictures were given.
Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment
A hostile work environment refers to a work environment that is oppressive due to sexual conduct. For example, an environment in which an employer tolerates the use of sexually derogatory language by other employees would likely constitute a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment can be caused by co-workers or supervisors/management.
Types of Conduct that Likely Constitute Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is manifested in a variety of ways. It is important to recognize that both verbal and physical conduct can amount to sexual harassment. Likewise, those applying for a job can be victims of sexual harassment, as can both men and women. Conduct that likely constitutes sexual harassment includes:
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Physical conduct (touching, assault, battery, impeding or blocking movement)
- Verbal conduct (making /using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs and “jokes”)
- Submission to or rejection of sexual harassment being used as a basis for employment decisions
- Sexual imposition
- Seductive behavior
- Sexual bribery
If you are an employee living in the Glenview area and you believe that you have been sexually harassed, it is important that you seek experienced, dedicated legal representation. The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. has successfully obtained millions of dollars on behalf of the firm’s clients. Let the experienced and dedicated Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. help you seek the compensation you deserve and the proper work environment to which you are entitled. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.