Posted On: September 3, 2009 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Sexual Harassment Lawsuits On The Rise In Illinois

In Illinois the number of sexual harssment cases seems to be on the rise, at least from my perspective. With the downturn in the economy, many once loyal employees who put up with a lot of harassment now don't feel that same loyalty towards the company and are fighting back.

In Fiscal Year 2008, EEOC received 13,867 charges of sexual harassment. 15.9% of those charges were filed by males. EEOC resolved 11,731 sexual harassment charges in FY 2008 and recovered $47.4 million in monetary benefits for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation).

There are strict time limits for filing a charge of sexual harassment in Illinois and once that time limit expires, no relief is available. There is a 180 day and 300 day limit for filing a charge of sexual harassment with the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission respectively. Many times settlements are possible either prior to filing the charge or once the charge is filed. An experienced lawyer can help you with this process. It is better to get the lawyer involved early in the process to increase the chances of success.