Aggressive Representation For Workers And Employers
For more than 30 years, our skilled Chicago discrimination lawyers at Goldman & Ehrlich have filed claims on behalf of individuals against their employers and defended businesses against discrimination lawsuits. This balanced practice keeps our attorneys current on both sides of the law and allows them to build stronger cases for our clients. Contact us today to get started on your case.
Discrimination claims arise from disparate treatment of an employee of a protected class by their employer compared with the ways in which other employees who are outside of protected classification are treated. These claims can also emerge from any actions or omissions by the company that are directly related to protected characteristics of an employee, such as their:
- Physical or mental disability
- National origin
- Gender Identity
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
Employees may suspect discrimination when they perceive unequal treatment related to:
- Recruitment and hiring
- Promotions and demotions
- Work environment
- Job training
- Work assignments
- Performance reviews
- Wages and benefits
- Family or medical leave
- Employee-side Illinois and federal discrimination claim processes
Civil actions based on discrimination or harassment often begin with a complaint filed with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). Our lawyers at Goldman & Ehrlich can draft a complaint and file it for you and then help you through the process.
Discrimination law is laid out in federal and state statutes that govern employee-employer relationships. Our Chicago attorneys are adept at handling cases involving violations of the following regulations:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other whistleblower protections
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Illinois Human Rights Act
Our Goldman & Ehrlich attorneys handle discrimination claims for employees and employers through all phases of their cases, including preliminary mediation meetings and negotiation. If an agreement cannot be reached during this time, then they take our clients’ cases to court. If you are a state or federal employee whose case must be heard by an administrative board or commission, then our team can assist you as well.
Employer-Side Protections From Seasoned Litigators
If one of your employees complains to you about discrimination in your workplace, how you react will either limit the damage or exacerbate it. Our lawyers can determine whether the complaint is legitimate and counsel you on how to resolve the issue without making things worse. Their years of experience representing employees gives them a unique insight into why the employee believes there was discrimination. To safeguard your company, you need reliable counsel from experienced discrimination lawyers in Chicago. With Goldman & Ehrlich, you get direct access to a partner attorney with decades of experience. You have the advantage of being defended by skilled trial lawyers who understand why the plaintiff has filed a complaint. You also get firm but persuasive negotiators who can often save time and expense through mediation of complaints.