Labor & Employment

Our firm aggressively defends and prosecutes claims on behalf of employers throughout Illinois. We provide cost-effective employment counseling to our clients which is firmly rooted in business realities. Our goal is to help clients resolve problems before they blossom into lawsuits. Our Labor & Employment practice consists of three distinct functions:

Counseling: We are committed to providing relevant, topical and cutting-edge counseling to our clients. Examples of topics which we routinely discuss with our clients include:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance;
  • Sexual Harassment and other Title VII Issues;
  • Employers’ Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants; and
  • Privacy and other 21st Century Employment Issues, including identity theft, e-mail policies, immigration issues, employee military service, telecommunicating and part-time employee issues.

Litigation: We are experienced in dealing with contentious and complex litigation, and our thorough knowledge of the labor and employment law field invariably leads to successful outcomes. We have successfully represented our clients in a variety of employment litigation matters including:

  • Non-Compete Covenants and Trade Secrets – We have a wealth of experience in prosecuting and defending actions involving temporary restraining orders and injunctions in matters concerning alleged violations of employment contracts and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Discrimination Claims – We have defeated dozens of claims of discrimination before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • State and Federal Employment Claims – We defend our clients in state and federal courts in actions involving employment contracts, retaliation and wrongful termination claims.

Drafting: We draft concise employment documents which directly and succinctly address our clients’ needs. Examples of labor and employment documents which we draft frequently are: Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements; Severance Packages; Employee Handbooks; Termination Letters; Harassment and Investigation Policies; Drug Testing Policies; and Collective Bargaining Agreements.