Chicago Hostile Work Environment Attorney
Lake County Sexual Harassment Lawyer
At The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd., employment law is handled with great skill and care. Many of the issues that face employees and applicants throughout the Chicago area cause great emotional stress. Attorney Ross J. Peters is a top-rated lawyer with over 18 years of experience in handling employment law matters, and leads the firm with a slogan that has served his clients well – leave no stone unturned.
This great attention to detail wins cases and establishes successful claims. Mr. Peters has successfully handled hundreds of matters for his clients and recovered millions of dollars in compensation. He is honored to hold the distinction of being one of the top ten plaintiffs’ employment lawyers in Illinois by the highly respected Leading Lawyers Network. He understands the rigors of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and continues to fight for justice on behalf of his clients every day.
Examining Hostile Work Environments
There are two basic forms of sexual harassment in Illinois: Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment. Often, both can be experienced at the same time because being subject to unwanted sexual requests or activities in the workplace can produce stressful surroundings that hinder work performance. A hostile work environment based on sexual harassment is one where:
- Employees feel pressured to perform sexual activities
- Employment benefits are tied to sexual performance
- Employees find it difficult to concentrate on work because of sexual harassment
- Employers ignore claims of sexual harassment
- Employees experience direct or indirect unwanted sexual advances
- Employment decisions are based on submission or rejection of requests for sexual favors
- Employees are subject to sexual bribery, sexual imposition and seductive behavior
These are just some of the issues that an employee may experience when working in an environment that is offensive. The effects of sexual harassment are far-reaching. Attorney Ross J. Peters wants to help you through this challenging time and set things right again.
Employment Laws Protecting Employees from Sexual Harassment
State and federal laws prohibit the harassment of an applicant or employee in an employment situation. Whether physical or verbal, harassment of a sexual nature is unlawful and is considered a form of discrimination. In Illinois, civil rights are protected by the Illinois Human Rights Act and enforced by the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the enforcement body for Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, which expressly prohibits sexual discrimination. The harasser can be a direct or indirect supervisor, co-worker or agent of the employer, such as a client or vendor. Claimants have a limited time to address and file a claim for any instance of sexual harassment.
Helping Clients Navigate Hostile Work Environments
You have the right to work in an environment that lawfully recognizes and rewards employees for the work performed. If you are working in a job where sexual harassment is present, use the channels established by your employer to report the offensive behavior, if possible. Keep detailed notes about the situation. Include times, dates and the actions and responses of other parties. You should involve Attorney Ross J. Peters at an early stage. Mr. Peters can help you to understand the entire process, and represent you in the matter. If needed, he can prepare a timely claim on your behalf.
Contact Attorney Ross J. Peters today to schedule an appointment concerning your hostile workplace due to sexual harassment matter. He serves clients throughout Lake County, Cook County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Will County, Boone County, and Winnebago County. Appointments can be made at a location near you. Please call 312-595-9595, 847-625-1854 or 888-531-7400 today.