OrganizationEquip for Equality
LocationCan be done anywhere
The Employment Rights Helpline provides free legal advice and self-advocacy assistance to people with disabilities who have employment issues related to their disability. The Helpline will help callers understand their rights and responsibilities with the goal of increasing meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Illinois.
Pro bono attorneys will conduct the initial client interview and, after consulting with an EFE attorney, directly empower callers by providing information about their legal rights and advice about how to proceed. Through the Helpline, pro bono attorneys will help callers succeed in the workplace and challenge discriminatory employment actions.
This is an at-your-desk pro bono opportunity that allows attorneys great flexibility.
EFE provides training for pro bono attorneys so that they feel ready to undertake this opportunity. EFE also provides ongoing support for any questions or concerns that may arise.
About the Organization
In order to be eligible for EFE services, an individual must be a person with a disability and have an issue that arises in Illinois. Callers seeking assistance from EFE should contact EFE at (800) 537-2632. Callers will be asked to provide some demographic information, a summary of their specific request for services, and other intake related questions. Each request for service is subsequently discussed with EFE's legal team, which meets once per week, to determine if EFE is able to provide the request for services or assist the caller in some other way. If EFE is unable to assist the caller, the caller will be provided with information and referrals to other appropriate organizations.