Sexual Harassment at Law Firms
There seems to be a trend in Chicago and elsewhere involving sexual harassment. More law firm employees are coming forward with complaints of sexual harassment. Usually it involves a female employee and a partner at the law firm. This is where it gets unique. The behavior is troubling given that the partner at the law firm should know better and is putting the assets of the law firm at risk. As with any other type of sexual harassment case, the burden is on the person complaining to prove her case. I would suggest saving emails, text messages and voice mails.
So what is the next step after saving what you consider evidence. Speak with an experienced employment lawyer and file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"). The IDHR must complete an investigation within one-year and issue a finding of either substantial evidence or lack thereof. The IDHR will also cross-file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). This will give you both the state and federal options of pursuing your claim. Remember, the law firm will probably fight you hard so make sure you have your evidence and retain an attorney.