Do Not Suffer Discrimination in Silence

Our Chicago Employment Lawyer Will Be Your Voice

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Discriminating against an employee based on a legally protected characteristic, including race, sex, age or disability, violates state and federal employment laws. Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham helps workers understand their rights under these laws and empowers them to fight against racial discrimination, age discrimination, gender (sex) discrimination, disability discrimination and sexual harassment. Jemelle believes employers should be held accountable for their actions and that no person should have his or her civil rights violated on the job. When an employer discriminates against an employee or permits harassment to persist in the workplace, Jemelle does not allow the injustice to stand unchallenged.

Examples of Discrimination

Discrimination refers to unfavorably treating a person in a certain way based on a group, class or category to which that person belongs, such as his or her ethnicity, nationality, gender, religious affiliation or handicap. In the workplace, discriminatory policies and practices may exist, including but not limited to:

  • Paying employees in the same position with similar qualifications different salaries
    • Denying certain employees compensation or benefits
  • Refusing to hire applicants or making assumptions about their abilities based on a legally protected characteristic
  • Denying employment because of an applicant’s relationship with someone of a certain ethnic or religious background
  • Failing to provide equal access to company facilities, including failing to make reasonable accommodations for a disabled employee

When an employer treats a worker unfairly based on a legally protected characteristic, the employee may have an employment discrimination claim. Chicago workers fighting against discrimination can count on Jemelle Cunningham’s experience in employment law and passion for justice to steer them in the right direction.

Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment describes unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on a legally protected characteristic. Any person in the workplace—supervisors, employees, customers, contractors, vendors or guests—can engage in this type of discriminatory conduct, and it may contribute to the development of a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment occurs when unwelcome conduct toward a person or group interferes with an employee’s performance. A few examples of workplace harassment include:

  • Using derogatory terms about one’s race, age or gender
  • Displaying pictures or drawings or using gestures considered offensive to a particular racial or ethnic group
  • Commenting about a person’s skin color or racial characteristics
  • Making false allegations and bringing false charges against an employee
  • Disproportionate work assignments

Your rights as an employee matter. If you believe you may be the victim of employment discrimination, contact Chicago employment lawyer Jemelle Cunningham at LAD Law Group, P.C. today to speak up about it. Serving clients from the South Side to Millennium Park, the West Side to Soldier Field, and Lincoln Park to the Loop, we give individuals a voice with which to demand fair and equal treatment in the workplace.