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Just wondering if there is anything illegal if your employer…

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Just wondering if there...

Just wondering if there is anything illegal if your employer threatens your job and/or speaks extremely negative about other employees in front of you?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Illinois

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

The office manager/HR is in the room and never says a word. My employer speaks to her even worse.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

My employer in the past has stated to myself and others that we dont know what we are doing, we are stupid and dont work hard. Im an epileptic and he once told me to increase my meds because i wasnt concentrating hard enough.

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Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago
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Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

Before I answer a bit more detail would be helpful please.

1. Do you have a written employment agreement for a fixed term requiring cause for termination, discipline or demotion?

2. Do you believe you were treated differently than other employees due to race, religion, ethnicity, etc.?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
There is no written employment agreement, nothing written for cause for termination. We are an office of women and my employer does not hire men.
Employment Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

While it is not illegal, in and of itself, for an employer to be insensitive, rude and boorish, it sounds as as if there may be an element of illegal discrimination based upon gender discrimination.

That is illegal and could support a claim of hostile work environment.

To start the process, contact the EEOC at www.eeoc.gov for more information on filing a complaint. If you are still working there your employment is protected from termination due to filing the complaint. Such termination would be retaliatory and subject your employer to further liability to you.

An attorney is not required, but it would be invaluable in this type of claim. It is not simple litigation and there is no reason you need to learn as you go. Additionally, if you prevail, you would be awarded your attorney fees and many attorneys who handle this type of claim, do so on a contingency fee basis. So, it should not cost you anything upfront.

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Did you have further questions? Have I answered your question? Please let me know.

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