Chicago-Area Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Our Chicago area Illinois sexual harassment lawyers work to resolve sexual harassment in the workplace, and we sometimes resolve sexual harassment claims before they are even filed and we will file appropriate claims if the sexual harassment settlement is not reached.
Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual conduct, requests for sexual favor, advances and other conduct. Private employers are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sex: “It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer … to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s … sex….” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e–2(a)(1). Employers can be held vicariously liable for a supervisor’s sexual harassment of a subordinate. Gentry v. Exp. Packaging Co., 238 F.3d 842, 846 (7th Cir. 2001)
An employer can avoid liability by showing: (a) that the employer exercised reasonable care to prevent and correct promptly any sexually harassing behavior, and (b) that the plaintiff employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer or to avoid harm otherwise. Gentry v. Exp. Packaging Co., 238 F.3d 842, 846 (7th Cir. 2001).
Some tips if you are victim of sexual harassment include: (a) document in writing/email through a complaint to human resources that the sexual harassment is occurring and you need it to stop, (b) file a sexual harassment claim with a governmental agency, (c) don’t quit your job if at all possible, (d) follow the sexual harassment/discrimination guidelines in your employment handbook, (e) contact a sexual harassment attorney to advise you through the process.