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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2014 – Any agreements signed upon employment should be vetted with an employment attorney. Be on the alert for a clause indicating arbitration. Employment agreements may have a provision in them that a worker must submit to arbitration should there be a workplace dispute. If that agreement is signed without speaking to an employment attorney, the signatory is agreeing to resolve any disputes with an employer by means of arbitration. The arbitrator would be a privately hired judge. “Agreeing to arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism means you have signed away your right […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2014 – Every state protects workers from various forms of discrimination. However, not all states protect transgender, lesbian, gay or bisexual workers from discrimination (LGBT). “Every state in the Union prohibits discriminating against workers based on their religion, race, national origin, gender and so forth. However, not every state offers the same kind of protection for LGBT employees,” outlines Timothy Coffey, an experienced Chicago employment attorney. Currently, there are 21 states and the District of Columbia that do offer protection to LGBT employees from discrimination. The remaining 29 states offer nothing in the […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2014 – Marjorie Mesidor has been admitted to the Supreme Court Bar, the highest Bar in the United States. Mesidor is the Lead Counsel at Phillips & Associates, a New York employment law firm. On May 4, 2014, Mesidor traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Supreme Court’s announcement of its decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway. Following the announcement, Mesidor and 20 other members of the Brooklyn Bar Association were admitted to the court on motion. All 21 attorneys took an oath to confirm the motion, and Justices Alito and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2014 – Unless an employment contract exists, an individual is likely an “at-will” worker. An “at-will” worker may be terminated virtually anytime, for any reason. “Although an at-will worker may be fired just about anytime and for many reasons, those reasons must not be discriminatory. If you were fired for discriminatory reasons, this is wrongful termination and you need to seek the services of a competent employment attorney. If you have been wrongfully terminated, you have solid legal protection offered by the federal government,” points out well-known Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. Discrimination […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – Even though age and gender discrimination is illegal, it is still happening in California, even within larger corporate entities that know the law. “YP Holdings Inc., also known as AT&T Advertising Solutions Inc. is the named defendant in yet another age and gender discrimination case against them in California,” says Deborah Barron, a respected business and employee rights lawyer in Sacramento and the attorney of record for this case. A group of female former AT&T Advertising Solutions employees over the age of 40, with a combined service equivalent of over 99 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – Despite most states adhering to an “at will” arrangement for workers, laying off employees is regulated by law. “Many employers do not always realize that laying off workers is strictly regulated by law and if those rules are not followed according to a crystal clear layoff policy, they run the risk of being sued,” explains Timothy Coffey, a respected Chicago employment attorney. These days, with the tough economy, there are many companies forced into mass layoffs to make ends meet and keep their company afloat for the long-term. If a business […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2014 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled its first systemic class-action lawsuit at the beginning on 2014 claiming a company violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). “In this case, the EEOC sued an employer for asking, post job offer, that applicants obtain pre-employment medical examinations that included detailed questions about their family medical history,” recounts Timothy Coffey, a noted Chicago employment attorney. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 and resulted in a $50,000 settlement, as well as injunctive relief. It began when Founders Pavilion, Inc., a New York rehabilitation center […]


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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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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) 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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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2013 – There is a glaring glitch in the Illinois anti-age discrimination policies, that potentially affects those in their 20s and 30s. “The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)have a weird loophole. On close inspection, both acts only offer protection for workers, who are 40-years of age or older, from age-based employment discrimination. Based on that kind of wording, it means younger workers could be left hanging in the wind,“ explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2013 – If a company is able to make accommodations for a religious belief, without incurring extra expenses, they are obligated by law to do so. “An Illinois trucking company recently discovered they violated federal discrimination laws by not accommodating two of their truckers due to their religious beliefs. Both followed the Islam faith and were allegedly fired for their beliefs,” 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 lawsuit, filed by […]


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