Sex discrimination in Illinois can occur in many different ways. The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, marital status, or pregnancy. The law stipulates that an employer cannot terminate or otherwise discriminate against an employee based on the above categories.
Sex discrimination most often takes place when an employer applies policies to the above-mentioned persons differently (and in a negative manner) from other employees. The Illinois Human Rights Act for sex discrimination applies to all public employers and contractors, as well as private employers with more than 15 employees.
What is Sex Discrimination?
By law, sex discrimination is defined as the discrimination of employees based on their sexual orientation or gender. It can occur in many different ways, from paying women less to wrongfully terminating LGBTQ employees. In the workplace, sex discrimination applies when such persons are wrongfully denied employment (or terminated from employment) based on their sexual orientation or gender. Here are other ways through which sex discrimination can occur in the workplace.
- Being assigned more duties than other persons- for the same pay- based on your sexual orientation
- Employers setting different expectations for male than female workers.
- Being paid less because of your gender or sexual orientation
- Being prevented to rise in the ranks based on sex
How to File a Claim
Sex discrimination in Illinois is broad and can occur in many different ways. In fact, many employees may not even realize that they’re being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender. The fear of retaliation is also another element that makes it more challenging to pursue a claim for sex discrimination.
The professional employment attorneys at HKM can help you receive the compensation you deserve for being discriminated against. Cases of wrongful termination or being denied employment based on sexual orientation or gender could cause undue stress and financial hardship. Let HKM Employment Attorneys help you resolve such cases.