At Weiler Law PLLC, we have a proven track record of providing successful advocacy to wronged workers in Chicago and the surrounding areas. As the area’s premier employment law firm, our Chicago employment lawyers are committed to achieving one goal: to help workers resolve employment law disputes as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Our experienced attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of employment law cases, from disability discrimination to wage and hour claims to employer retaliation. Our hard-earned reputation for providing dependable advocacy in employment law disputes stems from our consistent, solution-based focus on results, meaning our compassionate legal team will stop at nothing to achieve the favorable outcome you deserve.
Safeguarding Employees Against Workplace Misconduct
Employment law disputes can be stressful and confusing, especially those against large and powerful companies or employers. Fortunately, Weiler Law PLLC is here to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf. Our knowledgeable employment law attorneys have an in-depth understanding of employment laws and policies under the ADA, EEOC, and other federal legislation, making them well-equipped to prioritize your best interests from start to finish.
Because each client brings their own unique needs to the table, our tireless advocates are committed to finding customized legal solutions tailored to each employee’s personal goals. There is no one-size-fits-all employment law case, making it all the more crucial for wronged workers to secure representation from a trusted legal professional with sufficient experience in this complex practice area.
Our Chicago employment lawyers are well-equipped to represent your best interests in a wide range of employment matters, including:
What Is the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?
Under the U.S. Department of Labor, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is a federal law entitling eligible employees to take leaves of absence for medical or health-related reasons without losing their job. In Chicago, the FMLA guarantees up to 12 weeks of time off each year for those employed at companies with at least 50 staff members within 75 miles of each other.
Eligible employees will have:
- Worked at the company for at least 1 year; and
- Worked a minimum of 1,250 hours within a 12-month period.
While some assume that the FMLA only applies to pregnancy or maternity leave, this is not the case. You may be surprised to learn that protections under the FMLA can extend for any of the following reasons:
- For the birth and care of the employee’s newborn child within one year of the birth
- For placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care within one year of the adoption or placement
- To care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition, including incapacity due to pregnancy and/or prenatal medical care
- To take leave when the employee’s own serious health condition makes them unable to perform essential functions of their job, including incapacity due to pregnancy and prenatal medical care
- Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on covered active duty
FMLA violations are serious offenses in employment law. Our firm has substantial experience navigating the intricacies of family medical leave and other labor laws in Chicago. You can count on us to hold offending employers accountable for:
- Demoting an employee for taking FMLA or maternity leave
- Wrongfully terminating an employee for taking or requesting FMLA
- Retaliating against employees for taking or requesting time off to care for family
- Discriminating against employees suffering from legally protected disabilities or health conditions
Workplace Discrimination Lawyers in Chicago, IL
Employment discrimination can take various shapes and sizes at work, such as discriminatory hiring practices, unfair job assignments or promotions, pay inequities, and unfair disciplinary actions. It can also involve creating a hostile work environment through hostile comments, slurs, or jokes based on an employee’s characteristics, such as gender or ethnicity.
Luckily, our accomplished employment lawyers are well-versed in employment discrimination laws, empowering them to protect wronged workers’ rights and restore justice in workplaces throughout the Chicago Metro Area.
Protected Characteristics Under the EEOC
In Illinois, employees are protected against discrimination in the workplace by various state and federal laws. Workplace discrimination is best defined as any unequal treatment of individuals or groups based on protected classes defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Under federal law, it’s illegal to discriminate against employees based on:
- National origin
- Genetic information
Keep in mind that “sex” isn’t limited to sex-based discrimination, but extends protections to discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, and pregnancy-related conditions like breastfeeding or postpartum depression.
Whether your boss sexually harassed you, behaved inappropriately during hiring or training processes, or iced you out for a well-deserved promotion, our employment lawyers have the specialized legal knowledge and skills to ensure your best interests are protected. Our firm provides high-quality representation for hardworking employees who may fall victim to various types of workplace discrimination, including:
- Age Discrimination – Age discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee less favorably because of their age. The threshold is generally considered to be 40 years or older.
- Race Discrimination – This type of discrimination entails treating an employee unfairly because of their race or personal characteristics associated with their race, such as hair color, eye color, and facial features.
- Sex Discrimination – Sex discrimination isn’t limited to sex-based behaviors, but also prohibits discriminatory practices on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, and pregnancy-related conditions (such as post-partum depression or breastfeeding).
- Disability Discrimination – Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against employees with disabilities. This includes denying disabled workers reasonable accommodations under the ADA.
Skilled Employment Lawyers Serving the Chicago Metro Area
Our Chicago employment lawyers are highly skilled in various areas of employment law, from wrongful termination to FMLA violations to sexual harassment. While our firm knows the frustration of working in a hostile or discriminatory environment, we also understand how terrifying it can be to take action against large companies that can seem all-powerful.
That’s why Weiler Law PLLC is here to help employees in the Chicago Metropolitan Area exercise their rights under U.S. employment laws and fight to obtain the compensation they deserve in the courtroom. Reach out to our office to learn how our passionate employment law attorneys can help safeguard your right to work in a safe, healthy environment free of discrimination and harassment.
No employee deserves to be harassed or discriminated against at work. Contact us online to discuss your case with our skilled Chicago employment lawyers.
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