If you’ve been physically harmed or discriminated against in the workplace, it can be difficult to know who’s on your side. Additionally, the departments responsible for enforcing workplace protection laws may vary from state to state. At Brunton, we help you see things clearly and provide a completely honest evaluation of your claims. With over 50 years of experience, we know the ins and outs of state and federal governments, and we may be able to bring justice to your case. Contact our staff to schedule your evaluation.
Who Protects Workers in the State of Illinois?
In the State of Illinois, there are various departments charged with upholding and enforcing the state’s worker protection laws. These departments include:
Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) – This department oversees a wide range of issues related to employee and employer relations including equal pay and some discrimination cases. However, this department is further organized into these divisions:
• Fair Labor Standards
• Conciliation & Mediation
• Illinois OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
• Carnival & Amusement Ride Safety
Illinois Department of Human Rights – This department oversees most cases of discrimination in the workplace including sexual harassment, as well as discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry citizenship status, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, military service or unfavorable military discharge.
Illinois Department of Employment Security – This department ensures that those entitled to unemployment insurance benefits are receiving the proper benefits in a timely manner.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission – The Workers’ Comp Commission deals with cases of rejected workers’ comp claims, and they have the ultimate decision on disputed claims.
Who Protects Workers in the State of Missouri?
In the State of Missouri, the entities that protect worker’s rights are more centralized under the Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations. The divisions of this department include:
Division of Employment Security – Determines eligibility of unemployed workers for unemployment insurance benefits and oversees sufficient payment.
Division of Workers’ Compensation – This division deals with rejected workers comp claims and will ultimately decide on the validity of contested claims.
Division of Labor Standards – This division oversees wages and wage discrimination in the workplace.
State Board of Mediation – This division regulates collective bargaining of public employees and their representatives.
Missouri Commission on Human Rights – This division enforces employment and anti-discrimination laws in the workplace.
Missouri OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) – Oversees and enforces the guidelines for a safe workplace across various industries.
How Does Brunton Law Help Workers?
Brunton Law Office is proud to be the legal partner of so many across the Metro East area. We help clients in Illinois and Missouri resolve workplace issues that include:
• Sexual Harassment
• Wage Discrimination
• Age Discrimination
• Sex Discrimination
• Gender Discrimination
• Race Discrimination
• Retaliatory Discharge
• Wrongful Termination
• Workers’ Compensation
Based in Collinsville, IL, Brunton Law Offices serves the legal needs of the entire St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
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