Centralia, IL asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Illinois

Q: Is there a time limits to sue a company you use to work for?

The assistant manager named Cerica who worked the same position as me, one day got mad because I removed a sticky note she wrote so she tracked me down in the hotel, got in my face threatening to beat me up and throw me over the balcony on the 2nd floor, she proceeded to call me racial slurs, talking about my hair and skin color and even tried to spit on me. I have a witness who is the girl I was training for a job with us! It’s also on camera too! Cerica even called her daughter my age to our job to fight me so I proceeded to call a cab (I didn’t have a car at the time) and left crying and humiliated!. The actual boss/owner wouldn’t answer my calls or anything until he found out she was stealing money from the company and fired her and offer me to come back. This happened June of 2023. I haven’t had a job since because I have such bad anxiety and I am just traumatized. That was my first time working a job outside of my comfort zone and it was totally ruined!

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Cynthia Pietrucha
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  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Naperville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I'm sorry to hear about your situation. DO NOT DELAY. Your legal rights have strict deadlines. If you wish to sue the company for something like racial discrimination in Illinois, your deadlines can be as short as within 300 days of the alleged discrimination if your allegations require a pre-litigation administrative filing with an agency like the EEOC or IDHR. If you sue under law(s) that do not require pre-litigation administrative filings you will have more time. You also may have rights to sue the individual who threatened you. You should take immediate action to discuss your rights with an experienced employment attorney to ensure you understand your rights and deadlines. Best of luck with this matter.

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