Buffalo Grove Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Representing Sexual Harassment Victims in Chicago and Surrounding Suburbs
Despite some progress, sexual harassment remains a serious problem in the workplace. It causes victims pain and suffering, harms other employees, and negatively affects the general work environment.
The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. is dedicated to protecting the rights of employees in Buffalo Grove, IL. We are passionate about ending sexual harassment in the workplace, and have been recognized by our peers for our outstanding advocacy work in representing individuals. Attorney Ross J. Peters is personally committed to helping each and every one of his clients. If you believe that you have been sexually harassed, The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. will diligently and tenaciously pursue those responsible on your behalf.
What is Sexual Harassment in Buffalo Grove?
The Illinois Human Rights Act defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submitting to the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's employment; or,
- submitting to or rejecting the conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions that affect the individual; or,
- the conduct substantially interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
While each case is different, there is a variety of conduct that is often associated with sexual harassment lawsuits. This 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
It is important to remember that both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment; likewise, the harasser can be either male or female. Sexual harassment in the workplace generally manifests itself in two scenarios: quid pro quos and hostile work environments.
Sexual Harassment Scenarios
“Quid pro quo” is a Latin term that means “something for something.” In sexual harassment scenarios, one example of a quid pro quo is someone in a supervisory position that makes a sexually related demand to a subordinate in connection with either a positive or negative employment action. Positive employment actions can include hiring an applicant, promoting an employee, or giving an employee a raise or special benefit. Negative employment actions – also known as adverse employment actions – can include reducing an employee’s hours, a demotion, or terminating an employee. A supervisor’s demotion of an employee that refused to go on a date with the supervisor, for example, would likely amount to quid pro quo sexual harassment.
A hostile work environment is a work environment in which an employee is exposed to unwanted sexual behavior and that behavior creates an oppressive work environment. For example, if an employer allows other employees to openly discuss sexual exploits and fantasies, that would likely constitute a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment can be caused by co-workers or supervisors/management.
Do Not Hesitate to Contact an Buffalo Grove Sexual Harassment Lawyer
If you believe that you are currently being sexually harassed, or if you endured sexual harassment in a previous job, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation. The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. has successfully obtained millions of dollars on behalf of the firm’s clients. Contact us today to learn how our firm may be able to help you.