Discrimination Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 8

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2012 – A sexual harassment policy is not worth the paper it is written on, if everyone in a workplace does not follow it, or if one does not exist. “Thomas v. Comcast, No. 11-CV-1209, ND IL, 2012 is a good reference point for employers who have someone on staff that seems to feel hugging and kissing others is acceptable conduct in the workplace. While some workers might not be bothered by that kind of behavior, there will be others that take exception to it,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2012 – Racist talk at work creates a hostile work environment. “It should go without saying, do not allow racist talk in the workplace; any kind of racist talk, even if it is not directed at another worker. Talk like that may have a devastating effect on those who hear it, whether it is meant specifically for them or not,” 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 case that deals with […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2012 – Forcing workers to take leave may result in a lawsuit. “This recent case, Arizanovska v. Wal-Mart Stores, No. 11-3387, 7th Cir., 2012, handled by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois, states with relative clarity that forcing a worker to go on leave may be the basis for a lawsuit. This would be true even if the company has a policy relating to forced leave and applies it evenly across the board,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2012 – Retaliation in the workplace is an issue that often generates acrimonious debate. “Retaliation in the workplace for filing a complaint about discrimination is illegal,” 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, “and the standard of proof to show retaliation is extremely low.” To prove retaliation, an employee has to show that a reasonable worker would have been put off complaining, if they knew how the employer would react. There are […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2012 – Employees need to have clear guidelines dealing with how to complain about discrimination or harassment. “If an employer does not have a clear and well defined handbook, or guidelines, for employees to follow in situations that involve harassment or discrimination, and someone does get let go for poor performance or misconduct, the company could well face a lengthy litigation process if the worker complains to the EEOC,” explained 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) October 8, 2012 – There are many situations that arise for last chance employment agreements. Do not sign away Title VII rights. “If you find yourself in a situation where you have been presented with a last chance agreement and one of the requirements is you relinquish your Title VII rights, speak to an experienced employment attorney right away. Have the attorney review the document before signing anything,” advised 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 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Lawsuits can go either way in court, as this plaintiff discovered when she lost her case. “While there are many reasons to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those reasons must be valid when tested by the courts. If they are not, the plaintiff may lose their case. This is appears to have what happened in Samper v. Providence St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 9th Cir., 4/11/12,” 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) September 27, 2012 – There is a right way and a wrong way to issue severances. Employers need to follow a strict protocol, or run afoul of the law. “To avoid a charge of ageism, or age discrimination, there are rules a company needs to follow if their reorganization or consolidation process ends up affecting older workers. The older worker may well feel they are losing their job because of their age, and that management to reorganize to have the chance to let them go,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – Managers need to be careful what they say in emails. Those emails may end up as evidence in a lawsuit. “Before the advent of the Internet and email, texting, people used to just call or talk co-workers and management in person. If there was an issue at work with an employee, a manager would call someone in Human Resources, asking for advice. Phone calls are no longer as common as emails,” commented Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2012 – This case was a long battle to make a religious statement, which was the woman’s right to begin with. “In SHORELINE TOWERS CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION v. Debra GASSMAN, Gassman had mounted a mezuzah to the door post of her condo. The Association took exception to that, saying it violated the rules about putting personal objects in common areas, which included halls and doorways. The Association kept removing the mezuzah when she put it back up,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2012 – This case was full of twists and turns. Ultimately, the plaintiff did not provide required proof to substantiate her leave claim. “In, SUSTATIA v. SHANNON the plaintiff-appellee filed a complaint with the Department of Labor, suggesting her employer, West Suburban Bancorp, inappropriately denied her request for unpaid leave to deal with a domestic violence situation. The defendant implemented the administrative law judge’s decision, denying the complaint. On review, the trial court affirmed the department’s order. The plaintiff appealed that she did not offer enough corroborating evidence and did not take a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2012 – The plaintiff-appellant in this case was virtually ambushed by a co-worker who had a history of sexual harassment. Her employer did not do much to protect her. “In SUTHERLAND v. WAL-MART STORES, INC., the plaintiff-appellant sued Wal-Mart in federal court. The allegations in her suit included negligent retention, constructive discharge, intentional imposition of emotional distress, confinement and battery, promissory estoppel, maintenance of a hostile workplace due to sex discrimination and retaliation for reporting sexual discrimination,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2012 – In this case, the court rendered a decision that the Gender Violence Act could not be retroactively applied. “The alleged sexual assault and battery committed in this case in 2004 was perpetrated by Dr. Long Han. The original case went to appeal on the issue of whether or not violations of the Gender Violence Act (740 ILCS 82/1 et seq. (West 2004)) could be retroactively applied. The appeal court decided the Act may ‘not’ be retroactively applied,” explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2011 – Big, well-known companies can run afoul of discrimination law. Take this case that involved Nike. “It wasn’t too long ago, in fact just last year, that Nike was embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit that resulted in a $7.6 million settlement to over 400 former and currently employed African-Americans in their Niketown store, on ‘the Magnificent Mile’ in Chicago,” 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. “The plaintiffs in this reported […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2011 – This reported case focuses on age discrimination. It resulted in a $27.5 million payment to those involved. “This is an EEOC interesting case,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment attorney and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P.C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “This case focuses on age discrimination, something that most people do not think happens anymore. However, it does, and this case is a clear example of that.” Interestingly, the case involved an international law firm who allegedly forced 31 former partners […]


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Brentwood, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2011 – A lawsuit against Liberty Union High School District in Brentwood, California was filed for a 30 year veteran disabled teacher who was falsely arrested and collapsed as a result of harassment by school officials due to the teacher’s physical disability. The lawsuit states LUHSD personnel removed the teacher’s book bag from the classroom, rearranged the contents of the bag and searched it for drugs in violation of privacy rights. No illegal drugs were found. School officials then falsely claimed that the teacher was impaired and involved in a hit and run […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2011 – It should go without saying that religious discrimination and harassment is prohibited. Sadly, this still happens today. “Religious discrimination may come in many forms, and to the employee, it may not seem like discrimination at first, until they begin to see a pattern. For instance, religious discrimination may come when you are denied the right to take holidays. You may be told something like: ‘Just for this year, we need you to fill in for someone,’ and you comply. However, you notice that over the year, when your religion has holidays, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2011 – Austin employment lawyer and business attorney, Gregory D. Jordan, comments on a recent case involving Dell, Inc. The age discrimination case of William Wise v. Dell, Inc. just became more complicated when Dell filed a motion for new trial in 2011 after it disagreed with the jury’s decision in December. Wise was terminated by Dell as a technical sales representative in its federal accounts division in June 2008, when he was 61 years old. He had an 11-year career there and felt he was a fired due to “a manipulation of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2011 – Texas employers or employees concerned about a potential discrimination claim should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable discrimination lawyer practicing in Texas. The state of Texas is an “employment at will” state, which means an employee can resign at any time for any reason. An employer can also choose to terminate an employee at any time for any lawful reason. There are, however, numerous laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of one’s age, race, religion, gender, national origin or disability. Some of these laws are quite complex. Some have tight […]


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