So your sexual harassment complaint at the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR") resulted in a finding of substantial evidence. You now have the right to proceed with your case at the Illinois Human Rights Commission ("IHRC"). What should you do and what can you expect? I would not go it alone as the IHRC is a very tricky place to do business. The rules are different in some respects to other courts and venues. THe IHRC is going to be where you get awarded damages--money. If you don't make your case at this point, you will not have a second chance--yes you can appeal but that isn't what you want to achieve at this point. The IHRC is the place where most settlement take place if you have positioned your case properly and have the facts on your side.
So what is going to take place at the IHRC? The first thing will be initial appearances and discovery. Discovery is very important and should not be taken lightly. This is where you can ask questions and demand documents from the other side. If you don't ask the right questions, you run the risk of not getting information that could help you at trial. Additionally, the other side will be making the same requests of you. You have to ensure you follow the discovery rules and many cases are lost at this stage of litigation. Don't go it alone. Contact an employment lawyer who concentrates on sexual harassment cases at the IHRC and maximize your damage potential.