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Discrimination Information

If you believe you have experienced workplace discrimination because of your gender or because of pregnancy, you are not alone. In 2002, the EEOC resolved nearly 30,000 sex discrimination claims.  If you believe you may have been treated adversely on account of your sex, consult with an experienced employment law attorney.

Employment Discrimination Lawyer
Title VII Civil Rights Attorney

Do you believe you may have been discriminated against because of race, religion, gender, or national origin? Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other laws, you are protected against unlawful discrimination. On this page, you will read about employment discrimination. To discuss the specifics of your situation, please contact the discrimination lawyer, Attorney Richard A. Lowell.

If you have faced discrimination in the workplace, talk to Richard A. Lowell, discrimination lawyer. Located in Downers Grove, Illinois, the law firm of Richard A. Lowell represents clients throughout DuPage County, Cook County, and Kane County including communities such as Naperville, Oak Brook, Darien, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, Wheaton, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, and Rockford.

Discrimination – An Overview

Over the years, federal and state legislators have worked hard to pass laws against employment discrimination. As a result of these efforts, the United States has some of the most stringent anti-discrimination laws in the world. These federal laws prohibit most employers, employment agencies and unions from discriminating against job applicants or employees on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Disability

Employers must abide by federal anti-discrimination laws at each stage of their hiring and employment processes — from the advertisement and interview to the job offer and promotion. If you have experienced workplace discrimination, these federal laws are designed to help you. Contact an experienced employment law attorney to discuss your case.

Age Discrimination

Federal law prohibits most employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees on the basis of age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects people 40 years of age and older from age-based discrimination. Illegal discrimination can occur in hiring, training, benefits, compensation, promotion, firing, layoffs and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. If you have experienced age discrimination, speak with an attorney to assert your rights and get your career back on track.

Disability Discrimination

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in response to widespread discrimination against people with disabilities. It protects the disabled from discrimination in communications, public accommodations, transportation, governmental activities and employment. Most employers are prohibited from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in hiring, firing, benefits, compensation, promotion, training and other aspects of employment. If you have a disability and have faced employment discrimination, contact an attorney to discuss your case.

Gender Discrimination

Under federal law and many state laws, employers must not discriminate on the basis of gender. Employers may not discriminate in decisions regarding hiring, advancement, transfer, pay, benefits and other employment-related conditions. Both women and men are protected from gender-based discrimination. If your employer or a prospective employer has discriminated against you based on your gender, consult an attorney to learn your legal remedies.

Racial Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans employers from discriminating against employees or job applicants on the basis of race. Employment decisions due to stereotypes or assumptions regarding race, color or national origin; ancestry, birthplace or culture; linguistic characteristics; or surname associated with a specific national origin are prohibited. Whether the discrimination is overt or more subtle — in the form of policies that negatively affect members of a specific racial group — it is illegal. If you have been the subject of an employer’s discrimination on the basis of your race, color or national origin, contact an attorney for advice and representation.

Discrimination Resource Links

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal employment discrimination laws. Its Web site provides information on the federal laws that are designed to prevent employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex and other categories.

DisabilityInfo.gov provides a directory of government information for people with disabilities and their families, service providers, employers and other community members.

Youth at Work: Real World, Real Rights!
This EEOC Web site teaches teens about their federally protected employment rights and the laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

Department of Labor (DOL)
The Department of Labor defends the rights of workers at many stages, including job seeking, employment and retirement.

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws
Federal laws prohibit employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, pregnancy and disability. They also prohibit wage inequality between men and women.