Sexual Harassment By The Professor
So you are in school in Chicago and the professor seems to be taking an exceptional interest in you. At first you are a little flattered but now things seem to be getting more serious. He starts to send you text messages and you realize he wants a sexual relationship with you. What should you do if this is happening to you? Well in Illinois this would be considered sexual harassment. You could file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") against the school and the professor. It is very important to file this complaint within 180 days of the last date of the harassment. If you wait one day too long you will have lost your case with the IDHR. By the way the IDHR will automatically cross file your case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").
If you have this happen to you make sure you save any text messages, emails and voice mails from the professor. Also, if there are any witnesses to the comments or other forms of sexual harassment, make sure you get the names and phone numbers of the witnesses. Chances are the professor will deny doing anything inappropriate, so you will want as much proof as possible. A good employment lawyer can help you and make sure the case is as airtight as possible. Remember, you are paying money to attend school and learn not to be victimized by the professor.