Class Action Lawsuits Employment Discrimination


According to a 2010 study by the American Bar Association, most employment discrimination lawsuits are filed by an individual employee against his or her employer. But employment discrimination goes beyond individuals: An employer who will discriminate against one employee on the basis of race, age, or disability may have discriminated against others, and this can affect many people within a single company. In cases of widespread systemic discrimination, class action litigation may be your best option.

The class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger are experienced at filing lawsuits on behalf of large groups of people. If you would like a free consultation to determine whether your employment discrimination case should become a class action lawsuit, call our Chicago office at 312-726-4162

Proving Employment Discrimination

The concept of “protected status” is central to US anti-discrimination laws. In these laws, there are “protected statuses” that cannot affect an employer’s management decisions, including who that employer hires and fires.

Federal anti-discrimination laws list the following protected statuses:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic Information
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Military Status

An employer is guilty of discrimination against employees if it can be shown that the employer treated one or more employees differently due to any of these factors. The state of Illinois has additional laws that make it illegal to discriminate based on:

  • Unfavorable military discharge
  • Gender identity
  • Arrest record
  • Victim of domestic abuse
  • Order of protection status
  • No permanent mailing address

If your employer has been operating under practices that discriminate against a large number of people that meet any of these criteria, you may want to find a Chicago lawyer to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all those affected.

Why Class Action?

If you think you might rather sue on your own as opposed to becoming part of a class action, click here to read our page comparing class action lawsuit to mass tort cases.

But there are several benefits to filing a class action lawsuit for employment discrimination. They help ensure that everyone who was wronged by an employer’s actions gets their day in court, they spread the costs of the lawsuit across a large number of plaintiffs, and it allows the court to resolve the matter more efficiently. Some companies may be more motivated to resolve a class action suit.

If you have a class action lawsuit, you can’t do any better for legal representation than the Chicago class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger. We have a proven track record of getting good results in class action lawsuits, and our contingency fee basis ensures that we only get paid if you get paid first.

To schedule your free consultation, call us at 312-726-4162. We represent clients in Chicago, Illinois, the midwest, and nationally.


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