In Illinois, it is illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of that person’s color, race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, and military status. Defining discrimination is difficult and requires careful analysis of the specific facts of your situation. For example, if you are Muslim and you are terminated, this alone is not discrimination. Or, if you are gay and you are harassed at work this, alone, is not discrimination. The adverse aciton taken against you must be because of your status as a Muslim or a gay person.
If you believe you have been subject to unlawful discrimination and/or harassment in the workplace, you could lose the right to file a court action if you wait too long. We are always happy to speak with you, free of charge, to help you determine if filing a charge of discrimination is right for your situation.