Schaumburg Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Experienced DuPage County Sexual Harassment Attorney
The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. is dedicated to protecting your right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment. We are passionate in our belief that sexual harassment in any form cannot be tolerated. This dedication and passion form the core of Attorney Ross J. Peters’ relationships with each of his clients.
With over two decades of experience, Mr. Peters has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in Illinois. We represent employees in Schaumburg who have previously or are currently being harassed by their employers, managers, supervisors, or coworkers. Let the experienced and dedicated Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. help you seek the compensation you deserve and the proper work environment to which you are entitled.
What is Sexual Harassment in Schaumburg, IL?
Sexual harassment is a broad term that encompasses a variety of conduct. It is defined under the Illinois Human Rights Act as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or any sexually related conduct when:
- submission to the conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment; or,
- submission to or rejection of the sexually related conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the employee; or,
- the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the employee’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Generally, this definition encompasses two situations: quid pro quo and hostile work environments. “Quid pro quo” is a Latin word that means “something for something.” In the context of sexual harassment in the workplace, one example of quid pro quo sexual harassment would be as follows: someone with control over another employee conveys that he or she will base an employment decision on whether the employee acquiesces to a sexually related demand. For example, a boss may tell an employee that he will fire her unless she sleeps with him.
A hostile work environment refers to a situation where an employee is exposed to unwanted sexual behavior, and this behavior creates an oppressive work environment. An employer that allows other employees to post pornography in their cubicles or consistently tell sexually degrading jokes is an example of a scenario that would likely constitute a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment can be caused by co-workers or supervisors/management.
What Sort of Conduct May Constitute Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Conduct that likely constitutes sexual harassment 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
In addition to harassing current employees, it is also unlawful for an employer to hire or reject an applicant based on the applicant’s refusal to comply with a sexually related request. Likewise, it is important to remember that sexual harassment is not dependent on gender – both males and females can be victims of sexual harassment.
If you are an employee living or working in the Schaumburg area and you believe that you have been sexually harassed, it is important that you seek experienced, dedicated legal representation. The Law Offices of Ross J. Peters, Ltd. has successfully obtained millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.