Justice After An Employment Discrimination Lawsuit
Tobin & Muñoz, LLC, believe in fighting vigorously for justice for clients, which have been both plaintiffs and defendants in civil lawsuits. With more than 30 years of trial success, few firms in Chicago can match our record and experience.
- Confidential v. Confidential, et. al., successfully represented the lead group of 29 African-American workers in class claims of racially based employment discrimination. More than 300 African-American employees suffered discrimination for decades in wages, benefits, salary, advancement and opportunity due to their race. A Fortune 100 company paid the lead plaintiffs a multi-million dollar settlement, agreed to the implementation of ameliorative policies and paid additional millions to the other class members.
The law protects employees from:
- Age discrimination (age 40 or older)
- Disability discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Racial discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
In many employment discrimination cases, you must start by filing a claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, which will consider several factors in determining whether to investigate your complaint. In Illinois, an employer only needs to have one employee to have a complaint investigated that involves sexual harassment, pregnancy or a mental or physical disability.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights is a government agency that cannot offer legal advice. It is best to secure an attorney who will have your best interests in mind.
How Is Employment Discrimination Reported?
The time limit for filing complaints in Illinois is fairly brief and based on the number of employees in a company.
Claims of discrimination based on race, color, gender, religion or disability against those with fewer than 15 employees (or fewer than 20 employees for age discrimination) must be filed within 180 days. To file a claim against an employer with 15 or more employees, you have 300 days from the incident.