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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2014 – Employers are legally obligated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to talk to a disabled worker about reasonable accommodations for them, even if they are on final suspension before being fired. “In Spurling v. C&M Fine Pack, Inc. (No. 13-1708), the court outlined what an employer must do in discussing with them reasonable accommodations for their disability, even if they are about to be let go,” explains well respected Chicago employment lawyer, Timothy Coffey. The facts of this case indicated that plaintiff Spurling had worked for this company since 2004. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2014 – A former police chief has settled a lawsuit against the city of Jasper, Texas and other defendants, having claimed that he was discriminated against because of his race. Rodney Pearson, the first African-American police chief of Jasper, filed the lawsuit. He claimed that Jasper Mayor Mike Lout, also the owner of a local radio station, portrayed Pearson as a “thief” in an attempt to stoke racial tension against him. Pearson’s employment was terminated in June 2012 after a recall election removed three black city council members and elected a white majority. […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2014 – Baker & Taylor, a large distributor of digital and print content, agreed to a decree to resolve a pending lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). “The initial complaint alleged that Baker & Taylor were in violation of Section 707(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by linking severance pay to a virtually unenforceable and misleading severance agreement that interfered with a worker’s right to file charges and speak to the EEOC,” explains Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey, for The Coffey Law Office, P.C., an employment litigation […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2014 – African American brokers at Merrill Lynch recently celebrated the $160 million settlement of a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit. “Merrill Lynch is known as one of the largest brokerage firms on Wall Street, so this win was significant for the plaintiffs involved,” points out Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The settlement came at the end of a long legal process that began in 2005 for the 12 plaintiffs. Initially, there […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – Farmers Insurance Exchange representatives assess damage to cars in accidents. Company policy dictated their workday did not begin until they got to their first assignment. “Farmers Insurance Exchange (Farmers) had a policy that said insurance adjusters had to basically “eat” the time they spent at the beginning of the day to get ready for work. They were not paid for the extra time it took to get work assignments, track and download damage estimate forms or syncing their computers,” explains noted Sacramento business attorney, Deborah Barron, who is not involved in […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2014 – Jeffrey Sharp filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the son of the California State University president. Sharp’s case also alleged retaliation. “This is an emotionally charged case,” indicates Deborah Barron, a Sacramento sexual harassment attorney, familiar with the details of the case. “The man at the center of the controversy, Alexander Gonzalez Jr., is the son of the president of California State University, who allegedly sexually harassed Sharp when they worked together raising money for the institution.” In response to the statement of claim, the University denied the allegations and suggested […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2014 – The sexual harassment documented in a case that began in 2008 has resulted in one of the largest verdicts in the U.S. for a single plaintiff. “This story has many twists and turns, but the most dramatic one is what turned this case into a sexual harassment lawsuit,” explains Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. In 2005, Aaron’s Inc. hired Ashley Alford to work in its rent-to-own company store in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2014 – Unfair labor practices, Americans With Disabilities (ADA) violations and discrimination cases are becoming more common every year. “Just recently, a worker at Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois Assembly Plant was awarded $3.5 million in punitive damages for racial discrimination,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C. The Coffey Law Office is an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the plaintiff’s favor, citing the behavior of his coworkers as racially discriminatory. These […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2014 – It is illegal to interfere or retaliate against a worker that exercises their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights. Shaffer v. American Medical Association, 7th Cir., No. 10-2117, October 18, 2011, deals with emails as evidence in an action filed for interference and retaliation. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a case dismissing a worker’s FMLA lawsuit, sending it back to the lower court. “The jury had to decide if William Shaffer’s firing was due to him taking four to six weeks leave for knee replacement surgery,” explained […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2014 – BASF Corporation must pay $500,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit. A large Illinois corporation found itself settling a lawsuit filed against it for retaliation. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) slapped BASF Corporation, who bought out Cognis Corporation, with the suit alleging that Cognis retaliated against a worker at its Kankakee facility. The retaliation was allegedly in direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964). According to the statement of claim, Cognis mandated that one of its long-time workers, as a condition of his continued employment, must […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – The EEOC filed a discrimination lawsuit against a Chicago restaurant group for refusing to hire African Americans. “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took action to file a discrimination lawsuit against a local Chicago restaurant chain, Rosebud Restaurant Group, for not hiring African Americans in their Chicago locations. Despite the fact that racial discrimination is not legal, things like this continue to happen,” pointed out Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2013 – It is not often that a case involving so many individuals alleging sexual harassment comes to light. “This case is unusual in the sense that there may be up to 40 people involved —- men and women. All of them suggesting their workplace, Uline’s Waukegan plant in Chicago, is a hotbed of hostility and sexual harassment, due to be being shoved, groped and assaulted while at work,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A former attorney for the city of Evanston, Illinois, filed an age and sex discrimination claim against her superiors. She was fired in retaliation for filing the complaint. “Tober-Purze v. City of Evanston, N.D. Ill., No. 1:13-cv-01503, 8/21/13 has some contentious issues in it,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer not involved in this case, and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “Not the least of which is that the plaintiff was allegedly also told that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A racial discrimination lawsuit was recently filed against Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. “This is a unique case, in that one employee complained of racial discrimination, being on the receiving end of racial slurs, and then was joined by a co-worker who witnessed the numerous incidences of racism in the workplace,” explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “The second worker joined the suit and backed up […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – A former legal secretary has filed an employment lawsuit against a Houston-based law firm. The employee, Lenora Phelps, claims that she was harassed and then terminated by her employer, Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee PC, after she took medical leave. The plaintiff claims that she took medical leave in late 2011 under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to seek treatment for a respiratory condition, and when she returned to work she was subjected to an “insulting and hostile” work environment before the firm terminated her employment late in […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – A New York State Supreme Court Judge has ruled that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation exceeded its legal authority by passing a smoking ban in state parks in April of 2012. Joshpe Law Group LLP, a Manhattan-based law firm, filed the Article 78 proceeding on behalf of C.L.A.S.H., a smokers’ rights organization founded and run by Audrey Silk. The suit argued that any statewide curtailment on smoking rights could only be passed through legislation, not bureaucratic decision-making. The judicial opinion concluded that the Parks […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2013 – A tenured law professor was suspended in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. “The professor accused of sexually harassing several woman has filed a discrimination lawsuit against his employer,” indicated Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The suspended professor, Vernon Traster, alleges the university breached their contract with him, committed age and sexual discrimination in his firing and acted in an inappropriate manner in firing him due to his high […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2013 – Racial discrimination has never been something that any nation is proud to proclaim exists within its borders. While the labor law in California attempts to find a delicate balance between the employer and the employee’s rights, much of this balancing act is undone by the unfortunate occurrence of discrimination in many forms. Also called racial prejudice, racial discrimination is something that people would like to think went out with the advent of the human rights movement. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case in many workplaces in California. “Although the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2013 – Not all gender discrimination cases resolve with the plaintiff getting their job back. This case was an exception, as not all plaintiffs wish to return to work with the same people, in the same location. “This gender discrimination case actually resulted in the plaintiff being reinstated as a firefighter, six years after she was maliciously dismissed as a result of filing a sexual harassment claim,” explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in […]


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