Articles Posted in Hostile Work Environment

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Hot Wheel City pays $20,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The multi-count lawsuit was first filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). Published accounts indicate that Hot Wheel City subjected a female employee to a sexually hostile work environment at the hands of a male co-worker. The female employee reported the sexual harassment and was thereafter fired in retaliation for complaining. If a person reports sexual harassment is then has a negative job action taken against her, it is retaliation under the law.

Many times companies fire the person who complains instead of taking the matter in a serious fashion. In this case the company was very obvious about what it did and that was an illegal move.

“Hot Wheel City has committed to making significant changes that should be beneficial to current and future employees as well as the company.” said EEOC attorney Nedra Campbell

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Braun Electric Pays $82,500 To Settle A Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

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Braun Electric Company pays $82,500 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). According to published accounts, a male manager continually subjected female workers to a hostile work environment since 2010. The manager made daily grotesque remarks of a sexual nature to female subordinates and made explicit sexual propositions on a continual basis.

And Braun’s management failed to adequately address reports of sexual harassment. Additionally, supervisors failed to report incidents of sexual harassment they witnessed. In Illinois there is strict liability on a company when a member of management engages in sexual harassment. And if the company is told about the harassment and fails to stop it there is liability even if the harasser is not a member of management. In this case one female employee was forced to quit as a result of the ongoing hostile work environment; which is called a constructive discharge.

“The policies, procedures, training, and monitoring that Braun Electric has agreed to put in place will go a long way toward protecting employees from harassment.” said EEOC attorney Anna Park

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Car Dealership Settles Hostile Work Environment For $2 Million

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Pitre Inc. a car dealership agreed to settle a same-sex sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The multi-count discrimination lawsuit was first filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). According to published accounts a former lot manager, James Gallegos, under the direction of Charles Ratliff, Jr., then general manager,subjected a class of men to egregious forms of sexual harassment.

The sexual harassment included shocking sexual comments, frequent solicitations for oral sex, and regular touching, grabbing, and biting of male workers on their buttocks and genitals. This case involved over 50 men, who will all be sharing in the settlement amount.
Pitre retaliated against male employees who objected to the sexually hostile work environment.

“This settlement serves to remedy the egregious sexual harassment that the EEOC alleged the men were subjected to by Pitre,” “It also raises awareness that all employees, male and female, are entitled to work in an environment free of sexual harassment and retaliation.” said EEOC General Counsel David Lopez.

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Hostile Work Environments Based On Sexual Harassment

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So my Chicago office gets many calls from women who believe they are in a hostile work environment. And the conversation always turns to what created the hostile work environment? There is no general hostile environment under the law in Illinois. Therefore there needs to be some form in discrimination creating the environment. So if you were the victim of sexual harassment at work and that created the environment than you could file a complaint.

The complaint can be filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). I always file with the IDHR because they will cross-file with the EEOC and the must conduct an investigation within one-year. The most important thing to do is speak with an employment attorney and learn your right.

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What Can I Do If My Co-Worker Make Fun Of My National Origin?

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So your co-workers found out you are from Iraq and they keep pestering you at work about it. You ask them to stop but they won’t. The nasty comments directed at your national origin are making it uncomfortable and are creating a hostile work environment. What, if anything, can you do? Well, you have rights at work, and those rights include being free from any form of discrimination. You should report this conduct to top management or human resources. Also, if you have a policy against discrimination, follow the policy for reporting the conduct.

You should also contact an employment lawyer who concentrates in national origin cases. He can advise you on how best to proceed. If the need arises, he can also file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“). The IDHR will conduct an investigation into the alleged conduct and allow you some relief. The most important thing to do is something. Don’t sit by and let this conduct continue.

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Hostile Work Environment From Sexual Harassment

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So what is a hostile work environment in Illinois? Well, there is no such thing as a general hostile work environment. Under the law the environment must be created by some form of discrimination. For example, if you are being subjected to request for sex by your supervisor, that would be sexual harassment. And as a result of that harassment a hostile work environment would be created. But if the boss is just a jerk to everyone, you don’t meet the legal definition of a hostile work environment.

What that means for you is that there must be some underlying discrimination before you can pursue a claim under the Illinois Human Rights Act. It is always best to discuss your potential case with an experienced discrimination lawyer. He will be able to guide you through the legal requirements and evaluate your evidence.

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What Can I Do If I Am Being Treated Different Because Of My Age?

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So you are at work in Chicago and the boss just won’t stop picking on you. He treats you so much different than the younger employees. You ask him about it and he makes comments about you being old. What, if anything, can you do about it? Well, it is against the law in Illinois to treat you different because of you age. It is called age discrimination and you can file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“). The IDHR is a state agency that is tasked with investigating discrimination in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois.

The discrimination will create a hostile work environment for you and may cost you money in the form of promotion. Under the law a worker cannot be treated different because of his age. The age cut-off is over 40 years of age. That means if you are 40 or over, you can’t be treated different than younger workers. Many employers just don’t get that message and sometimes it requires intervention by the IDHR.

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What Can I Do If My Co-Workers Keep Calling Me Gay At Work?

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So your co-workers found out you are gay and they keep pestering you at work. You ask them to stop but they won’t. The nasty homophobic comments are making it uncomfortable and are creating a hostile work environment. What, if anything, can you do? Well, you have rights at work, and those rights include being free from any form of discrimination. You should report this conduct to top management or human resources. Also, if you have a policy against discrimination, follow the policy for reporting the conduct.

You should also contact an employment lawyer who concentrates in sexual orientation cases. He can advise you on how best to proceed. If the need arises, he can also file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“). The IDHR will conduct an investigation into the alleged conduct and allow you some relief. The most important thing to do is something. Don’t sit by and let this conduct continue.

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What Is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

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Quid Pro Quo is Latin and stand for the proposition of “this for that.” In the context of sexual harassment it refers to a situation where the boss tell you to have sex in return for favorable employment consideration. So if you have sex with the boss something good work related will happen to you. Of course this creates a hostile work environment for everyone else at work. If this happens to you at work, there are things you can do to protect yourself.

First, you should contact an employment attorney who concentrates in sexual harassment cases. Second, you should try and save any text messages or emails. If you do come forward the burden is on you to prove this actually happened. The boss doesn’t have to disprove the allegations against him. You have to prove the allegations against the boss, so keep that in mind.

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My Boss Is Forcing Me To Hav Sex With Him, What Should I Do?

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So your boss has been hounding you to go out on a date. Now the boss has taken you out, gotten you drunk and the two of you had sex. You really didn’t want to have sex but you felt like your job was on the line if you didn’t. What is this called in Illinois and what protections if any do you have? This would be a clear case of sexual harassment under the Illinois Human Rights Act. You have the legal right to be free from any type of sexual conduct from a supervisor while at work. The fact that you felt pressured to have sex to keep your job assures that is was sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as an unwanted sexual advance–which this would be.

So you can file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR“) claiming sexual harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment. There is going to be strict liability on the company because the supervisor is the one doing the harassment. You can also file a complaint with the IDHR against the supervisor individually. But what you should do first is contact an aggressive and experienced employment lawyer who concentrates on these types of cases.