Discrimination Lawyer Chicago

What does a Discrimination Lawyer Do?

Have you been treated unfairly at work because of your disability, race, gender, religion, age, or nation of origin? If so, a discrimination lawyer can help you. A discrimination lawyer’s job is to support people who have been treated unjustly because of who they are.  They can assist you by preparing your discrimination claims, gathering evidence, negotiating with your employer, and going to court if needed. A discrimination lawyer will keep you informed of your rights.  They will give you the information you need to stand up for yourself. Discrimination lawyers are a critical piece in making sure that you are treated fairly.

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When should you talk to a lawyer?

If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination in Chicago, it’s important to consult with a discrimination lawyer to understand your legal rights and options. Discrimination can take many forms, such as being treated differently or unfairly based on your disability, race, gender, age, religion, or other protected characteristics. Here are some reasons and situations when someone should talk to a Chicago discrimination lawyer:

  • You have been denied a job or promotion due to your disability, race, gender, age, or other protected characteristic.
  • You have experienced harassment or a hostile work environment because of your identity.
  • You have been retaliated against for reporting discrimination or participating in an investigation.
  • You are part of a group that has been discriminated against, such as LGBTQ+ individuals or people with disabilities.
  • You want to understand your legal rights and options in a potential discrimination case.

A Chicago discrimination lawyer can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and represent you in court if necessary. They can also advise you on potential remedies, such as financial compensation, injunctive relief, or other legal remedies available under federal, state, and local laws. Talking to a discrimination lawyer can provide you with peace of mind and help you seek justice for any discrimination you may have experienced.

A Chicago discrimination lawyer can help you navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and represent you in court if necessary. They can also advise you on potential remedies, such as financial compensation, injunctive relief, or other legal remedies available under federal, state, and local laws. Talking to a discrimination lawyer can provide you with peace of mind and help you seek justice for any discrimination you may have experienced.

Why should you choose Lázaro Law Group to represent you?

At Lázaro Law Group, we are the premier choice for anyone seeking representation in their employment law case. As a boutique law firm, our dedicated team provides specialized advice and counseling to businesses, executives, and employees. With a particular emphasis on sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims, we are well-equipped to represent you in employment litigation, internal investigations, and in the negotiation of severance agreements.

We understand the importance of being proactive when it comes to workplace issues, and we place a high premium on implementing preventive strategies to minimize the risk of litigation and promote positive workplace relations. That’s why we regularly provide training to employers to help them navigate complex employment laws and regulations.

If litigation does arise, you can count on us to provide fierce representation to reach your goals. We take a detail-oriented and pragmatic approach to employment issues, providing tailored solutions to each case. With Lázaro Law Group, you can be confident that you are receiving quality legal representation and guidance throughout the entire legal process.

If litigation does arise, you can count on us to provide fierce representation to reach your goals. We take a detail-oriented and pragmatic approach to employment issues, providing tailored solutions to each case. With Lázaro Law Group, you can be confident that you are receiving quality legal representation and guidance throughout the entire legal process.

Frequently Asked Questions  

Do I need an attorney for discrimination?

The short answer is yes, it is usually in your best interest to consult with an attorney who specializes in employment discrimination. Discrimination cases can be complex and challenging to navigate on your own. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, guide you through the legal process, and advocate for you to ensure that your rights are protected. Additionally, an attorney can help you gather evidence, negotiate with your employer, and represent you in court if necessary. With an attorney by your side, you are more likely to receive a favorable outcome and get the compensation or remedies you deserve.

How to file a wrongful termination/discrimination lawsuit?

Here are the general steps you can take to file a discrimination lawsuit for wrongful termination:

  • Gather Evidence: Collect any evidence that supports your claim, such as emails, witness statements, or performance evaluations.
  • File a Charge of Discrimination: You must file a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) before filing a lawsuit. This charge initiates an investigation by the EEOC or IDHR and notifies your employer of your allegations.
  • Optionally, Wait for the Investigation: The EEOC or IDHR will investigate your claims and may try to settle the dispute between you and your employer. However, you can choose to skip the investigation, and ask to go right to the next step instead. 
  • Receive a Right to Sue Letter: If the administrative agency does not resolve your dispute, you will receive a Right to Sue Letter  that permits you to file a lawsuit.
  • File a Complaint: With the Right to Sue Letter, you can now file a formal complaint with the court. Depending on whether you filed your charge with the IDHR, the EEOC, or both, you will have to determine whether you want to file in state or federal court. 
  • Engage in Discovery: the discovery phase of the litigation is the longest part of a lawsuit, and consists of exchanging written questions and evidence with the other side.  This phase also typically includes depositions. 
  • Attend Mediation: Before going to trial, you may choose to attend mediation with your employer.
  • Go to Trial: If the case is not resolved through mediation, you will proceed to a trial in court.

It is crucial to have an experienced employment discrimination attorney to guide you through each step of the process and advocate for your rights. They can help you gather evidence, file your complaint, negotiate a settlement, and represent you in court if necessary.

How do discrimination laws protect employees?

Discrimination laws at the federal, state, and local levels protect employees from unfair treatment based on certain characteristics, such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, or national origin. These laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees in various aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and other terms and conditions of employment. Here are some examples of how discrimination laws protect employees:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. This statute has also been interpreted to protect employees on the basis of sexual preference. 
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations.
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): Prohibits employment discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age or older.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA): Prohibits discrimination against pregnant employees and requires employers to treat pregnancy-related conditions as any other disability.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.
  • Illinois Human Rights Act: Prohibits employment discrimination at the state level on the basis of disability, age, race, gender, and more. 

These laws offer employees legal remedies and protections when they have been unfairly treated at work due to discrimination. Employees who believe they have been subjected to discrimination can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). They can also consult with an experienced employment discrimination attorney who can help them understand their rights, assess their legal options, and advocate for their best interests.

How much should I ask for in a discrimination lawsuit?

The damages you can request in a discrimination lawsuit depend on factors like the severity, duration, and harm suffered. Types of damages include economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. An employment discrimination attorney can assess the value of your claim, identify appropriate damages, and negotiate a fair settlement or represent you in court for compensation.

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: Prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. This statute has also been interpreted to protect employees on the basis of sexual preference. 
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations.
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): Prohibits employment discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age or older.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA): Prohibits discrimination against pregnant employees and requires employers to treat pregnancy-related conditions as any other disability.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.
  • Illinois Human Rights Act: Prohibits employment discrimination at the state level on the basis of disability, age, race, gender, and more. 

These laws offer employees legal remedies and protections when they have been unfairly treated at work due to discrimination. Employees who believe they have been subjected to discrimination can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). They can also consult with an experienced employment discrimination attorney who can help them understand their rights, assess their legal options, and advocate for their best interests.

How do I know if I have a case?

Whether you have a legal case for employment discrimination depends on various factors, such as protected characteristics, adverse employment actions, evidence, and legal remedies. An experienced employment discrimination attorney can evaluate your claim, assess evidence, and advise you on your legal options, as well as represent you in court to ensure your rights are protected and appropriate compensation is received.

Please feel free to contact us directly should you want to discuss your needs or if you require further details on our experience in the area.  

“I have worked with Rafael and his form for many years. He has been my “go to” partner for many investigations. Rafael is objective, fair, and thoughtful in his approach. He gets to the essence of the most complicated issues being investigated. Rafael has become a trusted parter in resolving situations and acs with integrity.”

-In house employment counsel of large privately held company

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Lázaro Law Group
321 S. Plymouth Ct Suite 1250,
Chicago, IL 60604

Rafael E. Lazaro
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