Title VII is a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination in virtually every employment circumstance based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. In general, Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
In order to bring a civil claim under Title VII, an individual must first file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). From the date of the adverse action, employees typically have 300 days to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.
Plaintiffs successful in bringing their suit under Title VII may be entitled to back pay, reinstatement or front pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys' fees. In cases where the employer acted intentionally, with malice, or with reckless disregard, a successful plaintiff may also be awarded punitive damages.
If you believe that your employer has violated the law, call Holman & Stefanowicz, LLC at 312-258-9700 for a free evaluation of your potential claim. We can help determine whether you have a claim.