Arlington Heights, IL Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Sexual Harassment Attorney in Lake County
The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. is dedicated to the belief that all people have the right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment. For over twenty years, attorney Ross J. Peters has represented employees in the Arlington Heights area who have been victims of unlawful sexual conduct.
Ross J. Peters has been recognized as one of Illinois' top employment lawyers, and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. If you are an employee residing in Arlington Heights and you believe you may have been sexually harassed, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Sexual Harassment is a Violation of Federal and State Law
Sexual harassment is a form of workplace discrimination that is prohibited by both state and federal law. The federal government prohibits sexual harassment through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment is also a violation of Illinois law. The Illinois Human Rights Act defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other sexually related conduct when:
- submitting to the sexually related request or conduct is a term or condition of employment; or
- submitting to or rejecting the sexually related request or conduct results in an employment decision that affects that individual; or
- the sexually related conduct creates a working environment that is hostile, intimidating, or offensive, or substantially interferes with an individual’s work performance
When most people think of sexual harassment, they think of a male supervisor harassing a subordinate female employee. However, unlawful sexual conduct is not confined to this model – perpetrators can be females and victims can be males.
Conduct Indicative of Sexual Harassment in Arlington Heights
There are many different types of behavior that can amount to sexual harassment. Common examples include:
- 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
Sexual harassment in Illinois often takes the form of either a hostile work environment or a quid pro quo relationship.
Hostile Work Environments and Quid Pro Quo Relationships
The term “hostile work environment” includes a scenario in which employees are subjected to unwanted sexual behavior and the behavior creates an oppressive work environment. The behavior can even include sexually derogatory “jokes” or comments. These scenarios can also include a situation wherein the employer takes no action to punish or discourage the sexually related conduct. The combination of the unwanted sexual behavior and the complacency of the employer can form the basis of a hostile work environment lawsuit. A hostile work environment can be caused by co-workers or supervisors/management.
The term “quid pro quo” includes a situation in which an employer or supervisor offers an employment benefit, such as a promotion, or threatens negative action, such as termination, in connection with a sexually related request. A supervisor offering a raise to an employee in exchange for a date would be an example of a “quid pro quo”.
Do Not Hesitate to Contact a Arlington Heights Sexual Harassment Lawyer
In order to sue an employer for sexual harassment, you must do so within a specific amount of time. If you believe that you have experienced conduct that may amount to sexual harassment, contact The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. Attorney Ross J. Peters and his experienced team will review the facts of your situation and put together a strong case on your behalf. Your career should never be in jeopardy because of another’s unlawful sexual conduct. Contact us today.