Sexual Harassment Attorney in Highland Park, Illinois
Lake County Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Success in the workplace should be based entirely on an employee’s performance; however, this is often not the case. Each year, thousands of employees in Illinois are sexually harassed while on the job. Not only is this inherently unfair and humiliating, it is a violation of both state and federal law.
For over two decades, Ross J. Peters and The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. have worked to eradicate sexual harassment and restore equality in the workplace. Mr. Peters has dedicated his career to representing employees who have been victims of sexual harassment. In addition to recovering millions of dollars on behalf of his clients, Mr. Peters has been recognized as one of the leading employment lawyers in Illinois. If you live or work in the Highland Park area and have been the victim of unlawful sexual conduct, please contact our firm to learn how we may be able to help.
Sexual Harassment and Discrimination is a Violation of the Law in Highland Park
Sexual harassment is a form of workplace discrimination that is a violation of both state and federal law. The Illinois Human Rights Act defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other sexually related conduct if:
- submission to the sexual request or conduct is a condition of employment; or,
- an employee is rewarded or punished for submitting to or rejecting the sexually related request or conduct; or,
- the sexually related conduct creates a hostile work environment, or substantially interferes with an employee’s work performance.
Indications of Sexual Harassment in Highland Park
There are many types of conduct that are indicative of sexual harassment in the workplace. Common examples of behavior that likely amounts to sexual harassment 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
Often, sexual harassment takes the form of a quid pro quo scenario or a hostile work environment.
Quid Pro Quo Scenarios and Hostile Work Environments
The term “quid pro quo” includes a situation in which someone in a position of authority offers an employee some benefit, such as a raise, in exchange for sexually related conduct, or threatens some negative action, such as a demotion, unless the employee consents to sexually related conduct. The request need not be explicit; implicit requests or suggestions can also give rise to a sexual harassment claim.
A hostile work environment is one in which an employee is subjected to unwanted sexual behavior and the behavior creates an oppressive work environment. A hostile work environment can be caused by co-workers or supervisors/management.
Do Not Hesitate to Contact a Highland Park Sexual Harassment Lawyer
If 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 team have extensive experience in all matters related to sexual harassment law, and they will passionately advocate on your behalf. It is important to gather all of the facts relevant to your case, and the sooner that you contact an attorney, the sooner we can begin to determine whether you have a sexual harassment claim. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.