Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, is committed to workplace justice. Employees have a right to work in a discrimination/harassment-free workplace. Employees have a right to fair wages. Employees have a right to a safe and appropriate workplace. Unfortunately, employees facing illegal workplace conditions are often unsure about how to protect those rights. Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, can help. We offer a Request Free Case Evaluation for preliminary case analysis.

Our attorneys regularly help employees navigate complex and sensitive workplace problems. We help our clients understand workplace rights, demand employers comply with the law and change improper employment practices and pay employee-victims appropriate damages for workplace violations.

Providing Comprehensive Employment Law Representation

We represent clients in many different types of claims, including those involving:

State And Federal Employment Laws

Both state and federal laws make it illegal for an employer to harass, discriminate against or terminate an employee based on a wide range of factors, including race, age, sex or sexual preference, ethnicity, national origin color, religion, disability, pregnancy and taking medical or family leave. Our experienced employment law attorneys zealously advocate for employees suffering unfair, unsafe and unjust treatment in the workplace. The following are some of the state and federal laws that protect employees in the workplace:

  • Race/national origin/ethnicity: Federal and state laws prohibit workplace discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment on the basis of race, national origin, color or ethnicity. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e-2, et seq.; The Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. §1981, et seq.; The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/2-102, et seq.
  • Sexual harassment: Federal and state laws prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e-2, et seq.; The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/2-102, et seq.
  • Pregnancy discrimination: Federal and state laws prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e(k); The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/2-102(I).
  • Family and Medical Leave Act: The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 allows qualified employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in connection with the birth, adoption, foster care placement of a child or care for a serious medical condition of the employee or a family member. An employer is prohibited from interfering with or retaliating against an employee for having exercised or attempted to exercise any FMLA right. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §2601, et seq.
  • Language: Federal and state laws prohibit an employer to impose a restriction that has the effect of prohibiting a language from being spoken by an employee in communications that are unrelated to the employee's duties. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e-2, et seq.; The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/2-102, et seq.
  • Citizenship status: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate with respect to hiring, firing or recruitment, based upon an individual's citizenship or immigration status. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 8 U.S.C. §1324b, et seq.; The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/2-102, et seq.
  • Age: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits age discrimination in the workplace against individuals who are age 40 or older. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. §623, et seq.; The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-102, et seq.
  • Disability/handicap: The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against a qualified individual on the basis of a disability. A qualified individual is one who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §12112, et seq.; The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-102, et seq.
  • Equal pay/compensation: The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women who perform jobs that require the same level of skill, effort and responsibility. The Equal Pay Act of 1963, 29 U.S.C. §206, et seq.
  • Gender discrimination: Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based upon gender. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e-2, et seq.; The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/1-102, et seq.
  • Wage and payment: The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum wage, overtime pay and other related guidelines to protect employees in the workplace. Correct classification of workers is sometimes an issue in implementation of the provisions of this law. The Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §201, et seq.
  • Genetic information: The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to employment. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, 42 U.S.C. §2000ff-1, et seq.
  • Sexual orientation: State law prohibits discrimination against individuals in the workplace based upon sexual orientation. The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/2-102, et seq.
  • Arrest record: State law prohibits employers from inquiring into or to use the fact of an arrest order expunged, sealed or impounded as a basis to discriminate in the workplace. The Illinois Human Rights Act, 775 ILCS 5/2-103, et seq.

Request Free Case Evaluation With An Employment Law Attorney

Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, employment litigation attorneys, provide effective legal representation for workers who have been unlawfully terminated or have suffered the harmful effects of workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment, or other unfair and unlawful employment practices. Call us at 630-232-7450 or use our convenient email contact form to arrange a free case evaluation by a lawyer. Our office hours in Chicago and Geneva are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Evening and weekend appointments may be available by special arrangement.

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