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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – While making accommodations for worker’s religious beliefs, there is a limit in how far an employer is expected to go. “This Illinois discrimination case tested the limits of what an employer is required to do regarding worker’s religious beliefs and how they affect the workplace,” 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 plaintiff in this case was a 29-year-old Muslim, who held her teaching job until December 2007. In […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2013 – Pregnancy discrimination is still alive and well in the 21st century. “This is an unusual case,” said 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. “It has three elements involved, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful dismissal and sexual discrimination in view of the plaintiff being a lesbian.” In this case, a jury ruled that the plaintiff was entitled to $170,000; $100,000 in punitive damages and $71,000 in back pay and compensatory damages. She had […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2013 – The nature of the workplace these days is such that some positions need to be filled by people who are able to speak a specific language. “Being able to speak a specific language is now, more than ever, in demand in the workplace. With America being regarded as a true melting pot, the number of languages being spoken on a daily basis is on the increase,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – Demoted workers may genuinely not be meeting employer’s expectations. “In this recent case, Banthia v. Roche Diagnostics, No. 11-3290, 7th Cir., 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of the defendant employer. Justices ruled that even if a demoted worker had consistently received good performance reviews, it does not mean that the employee is still meeting workplace expectations,” stated 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 worker […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2013 – If a worker states they are sick enough to trigger FMLA leave, do they need to spell that out each time they need to take time off? The answer is unclear. “This is one of those cases where an answer to the legal question was not made clear by the courts. It’s likely the case may be appealed, or another one similar to it may make its way to court and conclude with a different resolution,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – Employers may make reasonable accommodations for workers with religious restrictions, unless it causes workplace issues. Religion is an important issue to many Americans. Important enough to inform their employer if they follow the teachings of a certain faith that may interfere with them performing the job they were hired to do. This case outlines that although employers are bound to make realistic adjustments for religious beliefs, there is a line in the sand when it comes to how a person’s faith interferes with a company’s ability to get a job done. […]


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