Chicago Attorney Practice Areas

Employment Contracts

Employment Contracts

Employment Contracts Employment in Illinois is considered “at-will,” which generally means that either the employer or the employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, as long as the employer’s action is not pr… Read More
Non-Compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants

Non-Compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants

Non-Compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants Restrictive language in employment agreements can often be confusing; non-competition clauses, restrictions on the use of confidential information, and non-solicitation clauses may seem quite similar. In general, the four types of restrictive covenan… Read More
Confidentiality Agreements

Confidentiality Agreements

Confidentiality Agreements A confidentiality agreement, sometimes known as a non-disclosure agreement, is a binding, legal contract that outlines certain information in the possession of one or both parties, and restricts one or both parties from disclosing the information to… Read More
Executive Compensation

Executive Compensation

Executive Compensation Executive compensation is the term used to describe the compensation package a senior executive receives. It encompasses employment contracts, wages and benefits, stock options, severance packages, non-compete agreements, and confidentiality agree… Read More
Severance Package Negotiation

Severance Package Negotiation

Severance Package Negotiation The employment lawyers of Siegel & Dolan are experienced in the realm of negotiating severance agreements. Illinois severance pay laws do not generally require employers to offer their employees severance upon termination of the employment relati… Read More
Unpaid Wages and Overtime Claims

Unpaid Wages and Overtime Claims

Unpaid Wages and Overtime Claims In Illinois, all non-exempt hourly employees must earn at least the minimum wage, and must be paid time and a half (“overtime”) for all hours in excess of forty per work week. Minimum wage and overtime are governed by a number of state and federa… Read More
Class Actions and Collective Action Law

Class Actions and Collective Action Law

Class Actions and Collective Action Law A class action is a type of lawsuit in which a group of similarly situated individuals collectively bring a case to court. In employment law, a class action lawsuit is common where an employer’s unlawful policies or practices have negatively affect… Read More
Family and Medical Leave Act

Family and Medical Leave Act

Family and Medical Leave Act The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), 29 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq., applies to many Illinois employees. The FMLA provides that eligible employees may take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave during any twelve-month period, for any of… Read More
Unlawful Retaliation & Whistleblower Protection

Unlawful Retaliation & Whistleblower Protection

Unlawful Retaliation & Whistleblower Protection Illinois and federal laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees and whistleblowers who bring potential unlawful action to the attention of the employer or the government. Our whistleblower lawyers negotiate and litigate on behalf of e… Read More

Unlawful Retaliation

Illinois employees who believe they have suffered retaliation in the workplace will generally not have a legally actionable claim unless the adverse action was 1) actionable retaliation under the Illinois Whistleblower Act or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,… Read More

Sarbanes-Oxley

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) is a federal law that was enacted in 2002 in response to a number of high-profile corporate and accounting scandals. SOX contains eleven sections, regulating and imposing new standards on public company boards, mana… Read More

The Illinois Whistleblower Protection Act

The Illinois Whistleblower Act, 740 Ill. Comp. Stat. §175 et seq., applies to employers of one or more employees, but does not include protection for governmental entities. Under the Act, employees in Illinois are afforded protection for engaging in… Read More

Federal False Claims Act and Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act

The federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), 37 U.S.C. § 3729, the Civil False Claims Act, 37 U.S.C. § 3730, and the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act (“IWRPA”), 740 Ill. Comp. Stat. 175, encourage employees to report fraud perpetra… Read More
Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment A number of Illinois and federal statutes protect employees from discrimination and harassment at work on the basis of sex, race, disability and other characteristics. Our attorneys consult with employees to discuss their specific situations and poss… Read More

Sex Discrimination & Harassment

Title VII prohibits employers from subjecting employees to an adverse employment action on the basis of sex. Examples of adverse employment actions include constructive discharge, termination, refusal to hire, demotion, discrimination or harassment,… Read More

Race and National Origin Discrimination & Harassment

Title VII and Section 1981 are federal statutes that contain protections against employment discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. Race and national origin discrimination also violates the Illinois Human Rights Act. Discrimination &… Read More

Religious Discrimination and Harassment

Title VII prohibits employers from subjecting employees to and adverse employment action on the basis of religion. Examples of adverse employment actions include constructive discharge, termination, refusal to hire, demotion, discrimination or harass… Read More

Sexual Orientation Discrimination & Harassment

Consider the following scenarios: An interviewer tells a job applicant that the Company does not hire gay employees. An employee is terminated after his boss discovers that he is gay and tells the employee that he does not want to work with gay empl… Read More

Disability Discrimination & Harassment

The Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (“ADAAA”) protects qualified individuals with disabilities from employment discrimination. Under the ADAAA, an individual may be considered “disabled” if he or she 1) has, 2) has a record of, or… Read More

Age Discrimination

Individuals 40 years of age or older are protected from employment discrimination by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”). The ADEA prohibits employers from altering the terms, conditions, or privileges of an individual’s e… Read More

Discrimination and Retaliation on the Basis of Genetic Information

The federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”)—and in Illinois, the Genetic Information Privacy Act (“GIPA”), 401 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 513—protect individuals from employment discrimination related to their genetic informat… Read More
State and Federal Litigation

State and Federal Litigation

State and Federal Litigation The employment lawyers at The Siegel & Dolan are very experienced in filing litigation in state and federal court. To file a civil lawsuit in state or federal court, an individual must assert a valid cause of action based on a violation of law. Read More

Litigation Timeline

Most people have never been directly involved in a lawsuit, and have never been involved with the federal or Illinois court systems. Often, people are surprised by the amount of work and time involved in litigation. However, litigation is not as comp… Read More
Representation at the Administrative Agencies

Representation at the Administrative Agencies

Representation at the Administrative Agencies Administrative agencies are official governmental bodies with the authority to direct and supervise the implementation of certain laws. Administrative agencies are not courts of law, but their rules and regulations may have the force of law against t… Read More

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Quid pro quo harassment is a type of sexual harassment that is prohibited by Title VII and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”). Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employee’s supervisor, manager, or other authority figure offers or… Read More

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