So your boss keeps sending you sexual type text messages. He tells you how sexy you look and what he would like to do to you after work. Is this a hostile work environment in Chicago? The answer is yes. In fact this would be considered sexual harassment and you would have a claim against both the supervisor and the company. Under state law, there is strict liability against the company if a supervisor engages in sexual harassment. That means there is no requirement that the employee report the conduct before liability attaches.
What this means for employers is a good amount of training on sexual harassment should be taking place. If a company chooses not to properly supervise or train its workforce, it runs the risk of paying monetary damages in court or through settlement. And what this means for employees is that if you are the victim of sexual harassment by the supervisor, you should contact an experienced employment lawyer to seek what rights and remedies you have. Remember if you go to human resources, their obligation is to the company not you.