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Employees have the right to be free from racial discrimination and enjoy a workplace where they are not targeted with adverse employment action based on race, ethnic background, or national origin. Unfortunately, whether open and obvious, or subtle, racial discrimination is still present in Chicago. If you have experienced racial discrimination or discrimination based on the color of your skin or national origin, the Chicago race discrimination lawyers of Zoldan Law Group, PLLC may be able to help you obtain compensation.
We offer free initial consultations to evaluate and discuss your case, call (312) 980-9992 or contact us online.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is against the law for employers to discriminate against their employees. These laws offer protection to those individuals who are discriminated against based on the following five categories: race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Any act by another that alters the condition of your employment can be considered discrimination. Common examples of race discrimination in the workplace, include:
It is also illegal for your employer to discriminate against you with respect to your compensation, benefits, promotions, or any other substantial terms or conditions of your job. Additionally, employers are not legally allowed to retaliate against you for making a complaint about race discrimination in the work environment. Furthermore, they cannot participate in an investigation about someone else’s complaint about discrimination.
Typically, you must first file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), before pursuing a federal lawsuit. Hiring a race discrimination lawyer can be helpful as they will have the knowledge and ability to guide you through each step of the claims process.
It is recommended by the EEOC to discuss the incident in person with a staff member. That way, they can understand exactly what happened. Your employment discrimination attorney, along with any gathered evidence is welcome, and there is a local office here in Chicago.
Once the complaint is on record, the EEOC will decide if the claim is worth moving forward. If so, prior to their investigation, the agency will ask you and your employer if you agree to go to mediation to sort out the matter and negotiate a settlement. If either party refuses, or a resolution cannot be reached, a deeper investigation will be conducted. Normally, this takes about 180 days to complete before the EEOC will either give notice of a right to sue or dismiss the claim. If given notice of a right to sue, you may proceed with a lawsuit against your employer.
Have you experienced racial slurs in the workplace and/or a hostile work environment in Chicago? The legal process for a race, sex, and age discrimination claims may be daunting at first, but an experienced Chicago employment lawyer from the Zoldan Law Group PLLC can walk you through the process and give you quality legal advice. We will ensure you have the right documentation to file your claim on time. Call (312) 980-9992 today or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.