Areas of Practice

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Discrimination

We assist employees who have been discriminated against. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate in its hiring, termination, promotion, discipline or other employment actions on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest record and other prohibited criteria.

Harassment and Hostile Work Environments

An employer has an obligation to prevent and correct sexual harassment or other harassment (including a hostile work environment) on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc.

Wage / Hour Issues

Many laws including The Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) govern the amount, manner and terms of payment of wages and benefits that an employer is required to follow, including overtime, minimum wage, vacation, commissions, prohibited withholdings and required breaks.

Medical Leave / FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees who work for covered employers to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for a serious health condition of the employee or their family member, the birth or adoption of a child, or a qualifying reason arising out of the foreign deployment of the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent.

Disability

Most employees are entitled to reasonable workplace accommodations and to be free from harassment or discrimination due to their disability.

Retaliation

Employers are prohibited from retaliating against their employees because they complained about illegal discrimination or harassment; reported potentially illegal conduct to law enforcement or a governmental agency; provided truthful testimony in a legal proceeding and other specified reasons. Illinois common law also makes it illegal for an employer to terminate an employee because the employee filed a worker’s compensation claim or made certain internal complaints that concern issues of Illinois public policy.

Whistle Blowing / False Claims / Qui Tam

Individuals who blow the whistle on fraud against the government and/or assist the government in recovering money wrongfully obtained or retained by others, may be entitled to share in the recovery of that recouped money and the fines associated with it.

Governmental and Public Employees

State, federal and local government employees, including police and fire, may have Constitutional rights with respect to their governmental employer, including First Amendment (free speech, political affiliation); procedural and substantive Due Process; and the Equal Protection of the law.

Areas of Practice was last modified: January 6th, 2020 by Athena