In a landmark decision that is sending shockwaves through the employment law bar, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appeals court located in Chicago, IL, which covers the states of Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin), issued a decision which holds that discrimination based on one's sexual orientation is prohibited under the Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964. This ruling is the first time that a federal appeals court has held that Title VII protects workers against discrimination due to their sexual orientation.
Employment Law For Individuals | Discrimination & Harassment Claims
WLG has extensive experience practicing in the area of workplace discrimination in state and federal agencies and courts, as well as mediation and arbitration. Examples of discrimination matters that WLG handles include claims based on the following protected categories under federal and state law:
- Disability / handicap
- Gender / sex
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- National origin
- Military service or leave
- Leaves of absence (such as FMLA, disability accommodation, maternity or medical leaves)
- Sexual harassment
- Harassment based on any other protected category
Contact WLG to discuss your potential discrimination claim.
*It is very important to recognize that employment discrimination claims have very short statutes of limitations (in some cases, as short as just 180 days), so regardless of who you choose as a lawyer be sure to pay attention to the applicable filing deadline.