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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Jeanetta Matichak recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation by former Executive Director Dominic Egizio and the Joliet Park District. It is further alleged that park board members and other supervisors knew of the harassment. Matichak was first hired for her position as a fitness instructor in 2011. It was then that Egizio allegedly started to harass her. She also noted he made it a habit to openly stare at other women’s bodies and make sexual comments, even in the presence of a park board member […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2016 – If racial discrimination can happen in New York, racial discrimination can happen in Illinois according to The Chicago Crusader. Racial discrimination has been an issue for what seems like hundreds of years. Despite education on the matter and enforcement of specific laws that ban such things, it still happens. Consider the case involving Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its apprenticeship school. Both are facing a hefty $1.65 million in partial settlement of race discrimination claims launched against them by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2016 – Southern Illinois University (SIU) faces a discrimination lawsuit by a Palestinian educator. Bilingual educator (English/Arabic) Sandra Tamari, filed a racial origin discrimination lawsuit (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 16-cv-0006) in January 2016, naming Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees as defendants. According to the statement of claim, Tamari, who is allegedly highly qualified, applied for the position of assistant director of graduate and international recruitment in early 2013. It is against the law for an employer to base […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2015 – After 17 years of enduring sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace, a female firefighter has spoken out publicly after filing suit against her battalion. Dena Lewis-Bystrzycki, a firefighter in Country Club Hills, Illinois, continues to be embroiled in a lawsuit she launched against her battalion in 2012. The suit alleged sexual harassment and gender discrimination, as well as other unwelcome behavior that was rampant in the workplace. Lewis-Bystrzycki was also recently suspended from duty, a move her legal counsel considers to be retaliation for filing the lawsuit and telling […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2015 – Sexual harassment on the job does not just happen in larger businesses. It may happen in a small business environment with a limited number of employees. Small business owners need to be as aware of sexual harassment laws as those who run and manage larger corporations. Not knowing about the prevailing legal ramifications of not dealing with sexual harassment on the job can lead to a major legal headache down the road. “Federally speaking, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, usually referred to as Title VII, governs not […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2015 – Workers are entitled to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits. If a manager denies those benefits, a court may hold them personally liable. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and FMLA allow workers to sue individuals for denying them benefits, and that includes HR directors and managers and the company CEO. The second important thing to note is that there are some state laws that also state that supervisors may be held personally liable for discrimination on the job. Personal liability is a frightening term when it comes to being […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – Rules and regulations relating to what constitutes total disability under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) are confusing. What is the clear definition of total disability, or is there one? Total disability is close to being an open-ended definition to some managers who feel that an individual must be completely disabled 100 percent of the time. This is not the case. However, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to become eligible for FERS disability retirement. Those requirements include, but are not necessarily limited to: * The disability […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – Most sexual harassment cases are documented by a victim, reported to someone in authority and possibly taken to an experienced employment attorney. This unusual case lacked a victim. According to a statement of claim filed by LaShonda Peebles, former Chicago State University (CSU) president Wayne Watson pressured her to file false a sexual harassment claim against an opinionated professor he wanted silenced. She also asserts she was a victim of wrongful dismissal as a result of refusing to file a false sexual harassment claim. Peebles was the interim vice president of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2015 – Entertainment at a staff function for a limousine service company turned the meeting into an offensive, racially charged event. The incident that launched this racial harassment lawsuit began at a 2009 meeting hosted by CorpCar Houston Services, Limited CEO, Christopher Wolfington, and two managers, Stan Alcott and Andy Vanhaverbeke. When the meeting commenced, a gorilla-suited white woman came into the room after being invited in by Wolfington. She broke into Tarzan-like calls, sang, talked about “big black butts” and “big black lips,” sat in workers’ laps and spoke graphically about bananas […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2015 – According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), workers who put in more than 40 hours a week are usually entitled to overtime pay. There are some exceptions to that rule. The FLSA defines a workweek as 40 hours of work. Time worked over 40 hours entitles employees to a minimum of one and one-half times their regular pay rate. Of interest is the fact that the FLSA does not mandate payment of extra wages for work done on a particular day, such as a holiday, for working at night […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2014 – When starting new employment, all documentation relating to company policies must be read and understood. Sometimes employee handbooks form the basis of a contract. “Most new hires get a copy of the company handbook on, or prior to, the first day of work. You must read this material even though it might not make sense in the beginning. Knowing and understanding what is contained in the employee handbook is an asset that may pay off later if you have workplace issues pertaining to harassment or discrimination,” says respected Chicago employment attorney, […]


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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) May 9, 2013 – The law allows a worker to sue an employer for improperly using funds earmarked for ERISA benefits. “George v. Junior Achievement, No. 11-3291, 7th Cir., 2012 raises an issue that is quite important to note,” 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. “It deals with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the fact that it is illegal for companies to not properly process funds withheld from a worker’s […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2013 – If an explosive employee causes distress in the workplace that may be cause for being fired. “This particular case is interesting for the take away,” 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 the workplace. “Initially, the worker alleged he was discriminated against, on further examination of the circumstances, it turned out the worker was aggressive and disruptive.” Hill v. Johnson, No. 11-C-2144, ND IL, 2012, revolves around a black gentleman, hired […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – Employees with a hair trigger temper and combative demeanor may find themselves unemployed. “Most employers have had experience with an employee who is difficult to work with, in the sense they are overly sensitive and seem to take offense at and with everything. There are even those who cannot take any kind of constructive criticism. The reaction(s) of individuals such as that, may result in discipline and/or being let go,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2013 – Usually an employer disciplines everyone to the same extent. There are exceptions to that rule. “In most cases where a worker has done something requiring discipline in the workplace, the same discipline is handed out to others who commit similar offenses. In theory that works. In practice, it may not,” commented 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. Not every instance of an infraction of workplace rules will necessarily draw the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – Religious discrimination does not apply to everything in a workplace. “In EEOC v. The GEO Group, No. 09-3093, 3rd Cir., 2010, a safety issue arose in a workplace that triggered a religious discrimination lawsuit. The main ratio decidendi of the case was that workers do have the right to wear religious garments to work, but that there are limits,” 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 in the workplace. “Many feel that they […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2013 – When sexual harassment cases are settled out of court, the defendant must still pay up. “This case was filed by a group of women who worked at Chicago’s Leona’s Pizzeria. Their complaint to the EEOC, filed in 2008, alleged there was a hostile work environment and sexual harassment. When the EEOC was done investigating, they found reason to believe that there was indeed workplace harassment. They worked with Leona’s to come to a settlement, rather than proceed to court,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2013 – FLMA rules and protocol are in place for employees to follow. If the rules are not followed, they may not have a case. “Not all FMLA cases that go to court are successful,” 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. “This case, Nicholson v. Pulte Homes, No. 11-2238, 7th Cir., 2012, was not a winner for the plaintiff.” In Nicholson v. Pulte Homes, the plaintiff was employed as a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2013 – If an individual is so sick that they cannot perform essential job functions while on leave, their workload must be adjusted. “Pagel v. Tin, No. 11-2318, 7th Cir., 2012 is a case whose ratio decidendi states that an employer cannot punish an employee for poor performance if they are too sick to perform. If that does happen, the employer should then expect an FMLA interference lawsuit,” added 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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