Harassment Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 8

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – Some professionals may not understand what they said when it comes to sex discrimination. “This recent case, Blasdel v. North Western University, No. 11-2075, 7th Cir., 2012, is interesting, largely because the court decided that some professionals are not as aware and articulate as perhaps they should be when it comes to making sexist comments. That being said, it appears that even though they may make sexist remarks, they may not comprehend their significance, and thus are not censured for them,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney […]


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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 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) 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) March 28, 2012 – Even though the plaintiff-appellant in this case only worked eight days, she was subjected to sexual harassment on the job. What followed was a legal comedy of errors. “This case is unusual, in that the plaintiff had only worked for the company she ultimately sued for eight days,” explained 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. “DETATA v. ROLLPRINT PACKAGING PRODUCTS INC. was argued in front of the United States Court […]


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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) January 13, 2012 – Even working in a church has its drawbacks at times. This sexual harassment case took on an unbelievable twist, as it happened in a church. “Jones v. Lockard is a somewhat dramatic case, in that the precursor events took place in a church, the last place one would expect sexual harassment and retaliation,” 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. The respondent in this case, Cheryl Lockard, filed a claim […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2011 – Monarch Dental, a nationwide dentist office chain with more than 300 offices in 18 states, recently settled a Texas sexual harassment case where one of their dentists was accused of groping his hygienist and dental assistant and making vulgar comments to them. As a result of the verdict, the company now will train several of its managers on sexual harassment laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought the case against Monarch Dental, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “This case is an example of how important it is […]


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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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Z-Axis, a presentation consulting firm for lawyers, has recently introduced a “presentation-ready’ package for presenting exhibits from an iPad that may be perfect for some legal matters.


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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2011 – The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is making great inroads in stamping out sexual harassment in workplaces. “Sexual harassment is never acceptable in any form in the workplace. Anyone that feels they have been the victim of such inappropriate behavior needs to contact a highly trained Chicago employee litigation attorney to get to the bottom of the situation,” said Timothy J. Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer with, and owner of, The Coffey Law Office, P.C. While individual cases dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace seem to be more […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2011 – Lack of honesty when discussing your case with counsel may result in unexpected results. “You need to be cautious about filing a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit, as this kind of a suit may go both ways,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment litigation lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “Let me make my point by using a recent case as an example.” The case happened in Iowa when Jane Doe got a job at a […]


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Even though there are a variety of laws that protect workers from discrimination, it still happens. Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2010 – “If at any time you feel that you have been subjected to any sort of retaliation in the workplace, you will want to immediately call a Chicago employment lawyer and find out your rights and what protection(s) are offered to workers under federal, state and/or local laws,” said Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey, of The Coffey Law Office, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois. For example, under many federal and state statutes, an employer may not take […]


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The Austin Court of Appeals found that an employee who was fired for refusing to illegally drive an unsafe commercial vehicle can collect punitive damages. Austin employment attorney Gregory D. Jordan, who represented the employee, offers pertinent comment. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2010 – A recent opinion from the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, at Austin ruled that an employee who is fired for refusing to commit a criminal act can recover punitive damages. Safeshred, Inc. fired Louis Martinez after he refused to drive a commercial vehicle he found to be unsafe and noncompliant with federal […]


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