Representing Sexual Harassment Victims in the Chicago Area
The “Me Too” movement has brought sexual harassment to the
spotlight. In Illinois, sexual harassment and sexual assault are illegal.
You can count on Fish Potter Bolaños, P.C. to resolve sexual harassment
in and outside of the workplace and aggressively fight for your interests.
Schedule your initial case review by calling us at
(312) 818-2407 today.
Federal Sexual Harassment Laws
Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual conduct, requests for sexual
favor, advances, and other conduct. Private employers are prohibited from
discriminating based on sex:
“It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer …
to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation,
terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s
… sex….” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e–2(a)(1).
There are also a number of laws that protect minors who have been sexually
abused, including Sexual Exploitation of a Minor–18 U.S.C.A. § 1466A.
Employers can be held vicariously liable for a supervisor’s sexual
harassment of a subordinate.
An employer can avoid liability by showing:
They exercised reasonable care to prevent and correct promptly any sexually
The plaintiff employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventive
or corrective opportunities provided by the employer or to avoid harm otherwise
Sexual Harassment Laws in Illinois
The Illinois Gender Violence Act protects women who are victims of sexual
assault. This can include unwanted touching, rape, and other forms of
The statute of limitations on this Act is much longer than the limitations
for employment discrimination claims filed with the Illinois Department
of Human Rights or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The limitation
period for claims involving physical conduct under the Illinois Gender
Violence Act is seven years.