Employees may not have a clear understanding of what is legally allowed in the workplace. They may be asked to sign documents that take away important rights, or they could even be asked illegal questions during the interview process. Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd effectively represents workers who feel that they have been treated unfairly as well as employers who need to defend their actions. Here are some examples of employment disputes for both employers and employees that we can help resolve.
Illegal Questions During an Interview
Asking questions about a candidate’s race, religion or gender are probably well-known by employers and employees to be illegal. But there are also many other topics that should be avoided during an interview, or asked in a specific way, in order to avoid a lawsuit.
For example, one new Illinois law that became effective as of September 29, 2019 prohibits an employer or recruiting agency from asking an applicant (or any of their former employers) about their wage or salary history, either in person or on the written application. An employer can discuss an applicant’s salary expectations, as well as the salary range for the position, and the applicant may volunteer their earnings history, but the employer may not use it to discriminate against the applicant during the selection process.
We stay current on relevant employment laws and can work with employers to ensure they are fully aware of questions that cannot be legally asked during an interview, or with employment disputes that arise due to employees who feel that have been unfairly discriminated against because of a topic discussed during an interview.
Signing Restrictive Agreements
In order to protect company secrets, product development ideas, processes, etc., employers may require their employees to sign documents such as a non-disclosure agreement or a non-compete agreement. Both of these documents restrict what an employee can disclose outside of their work environment or the ability to work for a competing company. These types of documents can be essential to a company’s protection, but they can be confusing to an employee. Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd can provide guidance to employers for the proper preparation of these documents, as well as legal advice to employees who are not sure about signing them.
For employees and employers who are caught in the middle of one of these or other employment disputes, Churchill, Quinn, Richtman & Hamilton, Ltd can provide the legal assistance you need to come to a successful resolution. Contact one of our experienced attorneys at 847-223-1500 or visit us online for more information.