Victim of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Chicago Employment Attorney Jemelle Cunningham Will Defend Your Rights

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Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham’s passion for protecting the rights of Chicago’s workforce compels her to fight aggressively for employees suffering sexual harassment. Her commitment to obtaining justice and her fresh, youthful energy sets her apart from other attorneys. Her compassionate nature translates into personal attention for each of her clients and genuine concern for her clients’ well-being. Navigating the legal system can be complicated and embarrassing for sexual harassment victims, making it important for them to work with an experienced and thoughtful employment attorney like Jemelle, who continues to make a name for herself by getting results for her clients.

Sexual Harassment Is Illegal

The average person spends a significant portion of his or her time at work earning a living to provide for himself or herself and his or her loved ones, and he or she deserves to feel safe and protected. Unfortunately, some employees find themselves in an uncomfortable or unsafe work environment where they endure sexual harassment from other employees or even from supervisors. Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors in exchange for employment benefits (also known as quid pro quo) and other verbal, visual or physical contact of a sexual nature. Victims suffering sexual harassment may find themselves no longer wanting to attend work, because they dread spending time in an environment where they feel vulnerable and mistreated. They also may be unaware that state and federal employment laws protect employees from sexual harassment. Knowledgeable Chicago employment lawyer Jemelle Cunningham can help employees understand their legal rights and fight against this form of workplace harassment.

Examples of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can take many forms. Common examples include:

  • Making comments about someone’s clothing, personal behavior or body
  • Telling sexual jokes
  • Requesting sexual favors
  • Using sexual innuendos
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s sex life
  • Inappropriately touching a person or his or her clothing
  • Kissing, hugging, patting or stroking a person when the action is unwelcome
  • “Checking out” a person’s body
  • Using derogatory gestures or making facial expressions of a sexual nature
  • Following a person
  • Displaying posters, drawings, pictures, screensavers or emails of a sexual nature
  • Making inappropriate comments related to a person’s sex, whether sexual in nature or not

Both females and males can experience sexual harassment, and the perpetrator may be the opposite or same sex as the victim. Although some victims may feel they should just ignore the harassment to safeguard their jobs, employees do not have to put up with sexual harassment. Experienced Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham empowers clients to combat sexual harassment in the workplace and to protect their rights as employees.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” Do not settle for hiding in the shadows to keep from rocking the boat. From the South Side to Millennium Park, from the West Side to Soldier Field and from Lincoln Park to the Loop, we fight to protect Chicago’s workers.