The day seems to be going great for you but just like your other days at work the boss keeps sending you sexual messages and making comments to you. You are really tired of it and don't want to take it any longer. What should you do? You know you can file a complaint based on sexual harassment but where should you file? You have three options in Chicago. You can file with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations ("CCHR"). You can also file with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").
So why should you file with the CCHR? The CCHR allows you to recover for punitive damages and the IDHR and EEOC do not. This could make filing with the CCHR the way to go. It will really depend on the facts of your case. If you have facts that would outrage a judge and would shock someone, perhaps the CCHR is the way to go. An experienced employment lawyer can explain the differences in all three and can direct you to the proper agency. Remember, there are strict time limits to filing with all three so don't hesitate.