Chicago employment attorney | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2013 – At one time, employers in Illinois asked their job candidates for their social media passwords. They can no longer do this. “In a move regarded as a victory for employees, Illinois governor Pat Quinn has ushered in a law that bars employers asking job applicants for their social media passwords. This legislation acts to protect their private communications from potential or current managers,” 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. […]


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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 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) August 17, 2012 – Employers need to set clear expectations for employees in order to avoid ADA lawsuits. “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,” according to Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P.C.. “If they are not, the plaintiff may lose his or her case, which is what happened in Samper v. Providence St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 9th Cir., 4/11/12.” In Samper, the plaintiff neonatal intensive care […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2012 – Employers need careful documentation when reorganizing or reducing staff, or they risk running afoul of the law. “To avoid charges of ageism, or age discrimination, there are rules a company needs to follow if their reorganization or consolidation process might affect older workers,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P.C. During a company restructure, older workers may feel they are losing their job because of their age and that management chose to reorganize so they would have the chance to let them […]


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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) July 10, 2012 – It is often the wiser move to settle a case than to fight it out in court. It depends on what may be at stake. “Not all employment disputes go to court, nor should they. If the amount of money involved in a case is relatively small, it often makes more sense to settle out of court. If the defendant does not wish to go that route, they may be exposed to unnecessary expenses,” said 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 – 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 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 24, 2012 – The appellant in this case lost. Not all instances where someone is fired amount to a wrongful dismissal. “The case in point here is Robert M. Bono v. Chicago Transit Authority (882 N.E.2d 1242 (2008)), and it deals with what initially appeared to be a wrongful dismissal,” recounted 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. Mr. Bono, previously a Chicago Transit Authority supervisor, was discharged for the improper personal use of […]


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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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