Attorneys Working to End Employment Discrimination in Springfield, Illinois
Employing aggressive legal strategies for lasting results in the Taylorville area
Employees throughout central Illinois and beyond should be able to work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment. Even in today’s world, where discrimination should be strongly opposed, people often find themselves victims of prejudice and mistreatment. When an employer mistreats an employee because of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, exercising workers’ compensation rights or another protected factor, that employer is in violation of federal, state or local law. If you have been wrongfully terminated, sexually harassed, retaliated against or otherwise discriminated against, don’t be afraid to stand up for your rights.
The experienced attorneys at Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. know the best way to attack an employment discrimination or wrongful termination case from either the plaintiff’s side or the defendant’s side. After all, employees and employers really want the same thing when it comes to workplace discrimination: a place where people can do their jobs efficiently and harmoniously.
Effective representation for any type of employment discrimination
Discrimination takes many forms in the workplace, and we have significant experienced dealing with many types of situations. Workplace discrimination cases we handle include:
What are protected classes in Illinois?
In labor and employment law terms, a discriminatory decision is any decision based on the person’s membership in a protected class. A protected class is a group of people who have been historically targeted for discrimination and thus may need special legal protections. Federal and state laws recognize a number of protected classes in employment-related issues:
- Age. People over age 40
- Race. Black, Hispanic and other nonwhite people
- Gender. Usually females, but also males Religion. People with different religious practices
- Disability. Physical, mental or emotional
- National origin. Most often people from eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia
- Medical condition. Any of a wide variety of ailments
Documenting your case is critical for a successful discrimination claim
The key to a successful employment discrimination case is evidence. Some cases can be very difficult to prove, because discriminatory practices are often very subtle. For instance, a black person may receive a negative performance review based on race, but a supervisor may support the review with nondiscriminatory reasons. Likewise, a female supervisor may promote more women than men, but try to justify her actions based on vague employee performance standards. Other examples include a chronically ill employee being disciplined for excessive tardiness or a worker who was injured on the job being fired for an “unrelated” reason.
Numerous laws are designed to prevent discrimination
There are a number of laws to protect workers in certain classes. Many of these laws have additional requirements, such as a minimum number of employees (usually between 10 and 20), before they can be applied. These laws include:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects disabled workers.
- The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives employees the right to take time off to care for their own illnesses or a sick loved one and allows mothers and fathers to take unpaid leave when they have a baby or adopt a child.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits both aged-based decisions and retaliation for filing an ADEA claim.
- Various Civil Rights Acts govern discrimination based on race and sex.
- The Equal Pay Act mandates that women be paid the same as men for the same job.
Confer with the legal team at a Springfield law firm with a successful past
With 180 years of combined legal practice, the attorneys at Londrigan Potter Randle have successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases. Our attorneys have won more than $75 million for plaintiffs in the last 20 years and have ably represented a number of central Illinois businesses in court. Contact Londrigan Potter Randle P.C. at 866.658.3248 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation.