So you are working in downtown Chicago and you have been subjected to sexual harassment. You are unsure of what you should do next? Should you just tell human resources and then move on? Should you file a complaint with a government agency? One option you have is to file with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. This agency will investigate your sexual harassment complaint and if appropriate, award you damages. So what is an advantage of filing here?
The Chicago Commission on Human Relations can award damages in the form of punitive damages. This gives you an advantage over other venues. Of course, each case is different so an attorney who concentrates in employment law can give you a better idea of what to do. The most important thing to do is something. Don’t be passive and let the harassing employee get away with it. You have rights in the workplace. Take action and don’t be a victim.