Illinois was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and include it in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. The state has made several changes to prevent discrimination against sexual orientation and same-sex marriage. This is one of the main reasons why Chicago has a growing and thriving LGBT community. However, there are those who choose not to accept same-sex marriage or peoples with different sexual orientation. In the case of discrimination to members of the LGBT community, it is highly advisable to find a reputable lawyer. Your lawyer should be well versed with the state law regarding sexual orientation discrimination.
Common Types of Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
- Denial to access to medical care on the basis of sexual orientation
- Physical abuse because of sexual orientation
- Refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
- Rejection of credit on the basis
What is Sexual Orientation by Law?
Sexual orientation is the perceived sexual identity of a person despite the person’s gender at birth. The Illinois state law demands that people of all sexual orientations be treated equally regardless of whether they are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or transgender. The state has established anti-discrimination laws against gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, age, marital status, ancestry, and military status among others.
Why Do You Need An Attorney?
Some employers seek to frustrate and bully people who are homosexual or transgender. These matters may need legal expertise to ensure that all employees are treated equally despite their sexual orientation. Some of the common issues include poor work condition, sexual harassment and being given lesser pay for the same job compared to heterosexual. Other times, qualified individuals do not get a job or promotion because of their sexual orientation.
Everyone in Chicago, Illinois should enjoy equal rights and opportunity. It is, therefore, your right to file a legal suit against any form of discrimination at work.
HKM Employment Attorneys LLP has experienced and highly trained attorneys who handle employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. We seek to ensure that employees are able to get jobs, disciplinary actions, and promotion based on their merits and action. We want to ensure that you feel safe at your workplace.