Aggressive Employment Lawyer in Grayslake, IL
Experienced Attorney Who Fights Illegal Employment Practices in Lake County
Attorney Ross J. Peters understands Illinois working families, in part because he worked his way through college and law school. Today, he is one of the most respected employment lawyers in the state. He has handled hundreds of claims, resulting in millions of dollars for victims, and perhaps more importantly, a more secure work environment for families.
Although Illinois is an at-will state, workers may still claim a number of legal protections. Employees have the right to a harassment-free workplace. Employers must strictly adhere to state and federal wage and hour laws. If there is a formal or informal employment contract or other agreement, employers must abide by its terms. Workers also have the right to request medical leave, initiate a whistleblower suit, file a workers’ compensation claim, and take other actions without fear of retaliation.
Employment Law Claims
Despite the many federal and state laws to the contrary, employers take unfair advantage of many Grayslake workers every day. A few common employment law violations include:
- Wage Theft: Thousands of workers do not get the overtime pay they deserve, typically because their employers intentionally misclassify them as “exempt” employees.
- Unpaid Interns: Illinois is one of the only states that extends some workplace protections to unpaid interns, such as anti-sexual harassment laws. However, many unpaid interns are actually legal employees who are entitled to wages and benefits.
- Breach of Contract: If your employer makes any oral or written promises, these pledges may be legally enforceable.
- Workers’ Compensation: If you were injured at work, either because of a trauma incident such as a slip-and-fall or an occupational disease like carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be entitled to cash compensation for your lost wages and medical bills.
- Retaliation: An employer may not take adverse action against employees who file a workers’ compensation claim, a whistleblower claim, or a similar action.
- Sexual Harassment: Many workers are forced to endure a hostile work environment. In other cases, their supervisors insist on sexual favors in exchange for fair treatment.
- Discrimination: An employer may not base an adverse employment decision on your race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other status.
Victims in these cases are entitled to fair compensation for their losses. Perhaps more importantly, by standing up for your own rights, you are also standing up for your colleagues, friends, and co-workers. If you choose to remain silent, the boss will most likely be emboldened to victimize someone else.
At The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd., we fight for injured workers. Contact us today for a free consultation. We help workers in Lake County, Cook County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Will County, Boone County, and Winnebago County.