There are many excellent government websites that can provide information about federal and state laws that relate to employment issues. A few of the major agencies appear below and can be accessed by clicking on the web addresses shown.

U.S. Department of Labor: The U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing and interpreting a wide array of federal statutes including such examples as the statute relating to overtime and failure to pay claims, reduction in workforce issues, whistleblower claims, family and medical leave act claims and claims by union members employed in the private sector against their unions. For more information, go to their website by clicking on

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing and interpreting statutes relating to age, gender, race, national origin, pregnancy and disability discrimination including such examples as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. More information can be found by visiting their website by clicking on

Illinois Department of Human Rights: The Illinois Department of Human Rights handles the state statute prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, national origin, race and a variety of other characteristics. You can go to their website for more information by clicking on

Illinois Department of Employment Security: For questions about unemployment compensation for complete or partial loss of employment, visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security's website by clicking on