How to Report Workplace Harassment in Illinois


If you are experiencing sexual harassment or any other type of harassment in the workplace, you can stand up for your rights and report it. The process of reporting harassment in the workplace is the same in Illinois as in other states. Harassment at work is considered to be a type of discrimination under the federal law. As a result, harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Keep a logbook of occurrences of the harassment so that you have a written record for your reporting. If you have any witnesses to the harassment, make a note of who saw it.

Speak with your supervisor or human resources department at your place of work to report the harassment. This assumes that none of these people are doing the actual harassment. If they are, you can instead look to the CEO or another person in a position of power. State that you want to make a formal complaint of harassment. If you are worried about retaliation in the workplace, you can choose to skip this part of the reporting process.

Contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, to file your complaint. The EEOC office for Illinois is in Chicago. You can schedule an appointment by phone at (800) 669-4000. If your claim is for sexual harassment in the workplace, you can also contact the Illinois Department of Human Rights, which is also located in Chicago. Schedule an appointment by calling (312) 814-6200. You do not have to pay anything to file your complaint.

Take your logbook with you to your appointment so that you have all of the facts with you when you file the harassment claim. Your claim will be investigated and the EEOC or Illinois Department of Human Rights will let you know their findings and how you can proceed.

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