Illinois Sexual Harassment Victims Should Keep a Journal
If you live in Illinois and are the victim of sexual harassment the two best things you can do to help yourself are first, hire a good Illinois sexual harassment attorney and second is to keep a journal of the events. Many times the sexual harassment will last weeks or months with many "little" things taking place that constitute harassment.
By keeping a journal complete with names, dates, other witnesses to the sexual harassment and references to meetings and emails, the employee can strengthen her case. Investigators for the Illinois Department of Human Rights are overworked and understaffed and a good journal will help set your case apart from the many other cases they have.
If the employee decides to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"), whether in Chicago or Springfield, it may be six months to a year from the date of the harassment before a fact-finding conference will take place. Having a journal to refresh your memory and provide accurate information such as dates and times is extremely important and makes ones case seem solid.