Discrimination

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  • 24-Hour Legal Representation

    AGENCY: FIRST DEFENSE LEGAL AID
    ADDRESS: 5100 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60644
    CONTACT: Samoane Williams
    PHONE: 1-800-529-7374
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    24 Hours

    First Defense Legal Aid provides free, 24-hour legal representation to people in Chicago Police custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. We undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system.

  • General Law and Gender Transitioning Legal Help

    AGENCY: THE LAW OFFICE OF JILL ROSE QUINN
    ADDRESS: 4753 N. Broadway Ave., Ste #608, Chicago, IL 60640
    CONTACT:
    PHONE: (773) 777-9277
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:
    HOURS:
    10:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. and by appointment, Every Monday through Friday

    General practice law firm serving members of the LGBTQ community in the following areas: Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Traffic Law, Family Law, Wills, Estates and Probate, Assistance with issues related to lesbian and gay partnerships, transition issues for the transgendered.

    Associated Tags: discrimination , estate planning , general law , legal , The Law Office of Jill Rose Quinn , transgender & queer

  • Legal Assistance & Policy Advocacy

    AGENCY: THE CIVIL RIGHTS AGENDA
    ADDRESS: 2129 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 235-8852
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Legal assistance to people who are victims of workplace discrimination is provided through TCRA’s Workplace Project.
    Policy advocacy is a critical component to the Workplace Project. TCRA, in partnership with allied organizations and individual experts, only supports legislation that promotes equality in the workplace and advances the need for equal rights and benefits for all workers and working families.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , Civil Rights , civil rights agenda , employee discrimination , policy advocacy

  • Employee Discrimination Legal Assistance

    AGENCY: CASE LAW FIRM
    ADDRESS: 250 S. Wacker Dr., Ste. 230, Chicago, IL 60606
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 920-0400
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Employment law firm representing GLBT employees in all aspects of their employment relationships. Focus on employment contracts, executive counseling, benefits, medical leave issues and workplace discrimination. The Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) protects employees from unlawful discrimination based upon their sexual orientation. This means that an employer is prohibited from making employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, or pay determinations, because of an employee’s sexual orientation. Additionally, the statute protects employees from hostile work environment harassment based upon their sexual orientation, as well as retaliation for reporting what they reasonably believe to be sexual orientation discrimination. The IHRA covers employers with as few as fifteen employees. However, both the Cook County and Chicago Human Rights Acts prohibit employers with any number of employees from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

    To pursue a claim for unlawful sexual orientation discrimination under the IHRA, you must begin by filing a charge at the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Because there is no federal statute covering sexual orientation discrimination at the moment, the time by which an employee must file this charge is significantly shorter than it is for other types of discrimination. Thus, employees should contact an attorney as quickly as possible to ensure they maintain their right to file suit. Only after the Department of Human Rights investigates your claims can you proceed to file a lawsuit in state court. The Case Law Firm, LLC represents employees from the initial consideration of whether or not to file a charge, all the way through potential litigation.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , case law , Case Law Firm , discrimination , employee discrimination , legal

  • Civil Rights Law Firm

    AGENCY: LOEVY & LOEVY
    ADDRESS: 312 N. May St., Ste. 100, Chicago, IL 60607
    CONTACT: Unknown
    PHONE: (312) 243-5900
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Unknown

    At Loevy & Loevy, we’ve won dozens of jury trials and more than $250 million in jury verdicts and settlements for our clients. We seek justice for those whose civil rights have been violated (unlawful arrests, first amendment retaliation) and for whistleblowers who expose corruption.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , downtown , first amendment , lawyer , legal , Loevy & Loevy , unlawful arrest , whistleblower

  • HIV+ Legal Resources

    AGENCY: AIDS LEGAL COUNCIL OF CHICAGO
    ADDRESS: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2110, Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 427-8990
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

    The AIDS Legal Council provides legal assistance in cases where an individual’s HIV status, real or perceived, is the cause of his or her legal difficulties. We assist clients with discrimination cases, insurance disputes, return-to-work questions and confidentiality issues. We help those who come to us because they are too ill to work and need assistance applying for public benefits.

    We provide legal help to immigrants with HIV who want to normalize their status in the United States. And we help clients who need to write wills, powers of attorney or guardianships to guarantee that their loved ones will be cared for in case of serious illness or death.

     

    Associated Tags: advocacy , AIDS , AIDS Legal Council of Chicago , assault and hate crimes , benefits assistance , confidentiality problems , discrimination , employment problems , HIV , immigration status , insurance disputes , juvenile justice , legal , transgender & queer , violence

  • Free Legal Services

    AGENCY: LAMBDA LEGAL
    ADDRESS: 105 W. Adams St., 26th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 663-4413
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown

    Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

    As a nonprofit organization, we do not charge our plaintiffs for legal representation or advocacy, and we receive no government funding.

    Associated Tags: assault and hate crimes , discrimination , estate planning , free , HIV , interpersonal violence , juvenile justice , Lambda , LAMBDA LEGAL , legal , queer , transgender

  • HIV, AIDS, and LGBTQ Advocacy and Legal

    AGENCY: AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)
    ADDRESS: 180 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 2300, Chicago, IL 60601
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (312) 201-9740
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    The ACLU of Illinois (ACLU), and its affiliated Roger Baldwin Foundation (RBF), are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution, and state/federal human rights laws.

    The ACLU accomplishes its goals through litigating, lobbying and educating the public on a broad array of civil liberties issues.

    Our advocacy is legendary in the areas of racial justice, religious liberty, freedom of expression, the rights of children and people with disabilities, criminal justice reform, fairness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender individuals and reproductive justice.

    Associated Tags: ACLU , advocacy , American Civil Liberties Union , civil liberties , criminal justice reform , discrimination , education , freedom of expression , gender non-conforming , juvenile justice , legal , lobbying , racial justice , religious liberty , reproductive justice , transgender & queer

  • Legal Clinic and Referrals

    AGENCY: CENTER ON HALSTED
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 661-0779
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Yes
    HOURS:
    Varies

    Legal program works with an extensive network of LGBTQ-friendly attorneys to provide our community with access to legal resources. Through a short phone conversation, callers to the legal program can either receive referrals to Center on Halsted-affirmed attorneys (who have shown evidence of LGBTQ-competence and friendliness) or schedule an appointment with a volunteer attorney at our weekly legal clinic.

    Appointments are 45 minutes in length, and can provide basic information about the issue, possible options and/or referrals to other legal advocacy groups or other social service resources.

    These appointments are not intended for individuals who are looking for legal representation, but instead for individuals needing more information. Individuals who have more complex needs or who require representation can access referrals to LGBTQ-affirming attorneys through our legal phone line.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , Center on Halsted , COH , discrimination , estate planning , legal , legal resources , LGBTQ-competence , social services , transgender & queer , volunteer attorneys