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Failure to Inform Can Provide Basis for Retaliation Charge

Under VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employer is prohibited from retaliating against an employee because the employee participated in an investigation or lawsuit for protected conduct, such ...
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Recent Favorable Ruling Regarding Employer's Duty to Accommodate

Under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, when an employee is disabled, the employee and employer must collaborate in good faith to determine what accommodations the employee needs. [1] The ...
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Federal Court Decision Clarifies Employment Discrimination Evidence Standards

Last month, the 7th U.S Court of Appeals clarified evidentiary standards used in discrimination cases, rectifying long held misunderstandings as to how courts should assess what trial courts should ...
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Attorney Fern Trevino is among the Top 10 Plaintiff's Employment Law Attorney in Illinois

Leading Lawyers Magazine, a popular legal publication in Illinois, has named Attorney Fern Trevino within the Top 10 Plaintiff’s Employment Law Attorneys in Illinois. The survey is conducted by ...
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Major Change in the Law Entitles More Employees to Overtime Pay

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced changes to the standards used to determine which employees are entitled to overtime compensation. Specifically, the threshold to be ...
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Press Pause on Recording in the Workplace

The Law Offices of Fern Trevino often receives calls from prospective clients who possess “evidence” in the form of recorded conversations with a boss or a co-worker. Though it may seem a ...
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Another Option for Victims of Pregnancy Discrimination: The Updates to the Illinois Human Rights Act

In January 2015, the Illinois legislature updated the Illinois Human Rights Act (“the Act”) to provide much greater protection to women facing discrimination as a result of their ...
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Fern Trevino Was Chosen Among the Top Four Female Employment Lawyers in Illinois

Attorney Fern Trevino has been selected among the top four female employment lawyers in Illinois by the prestigious Leading Lawyers group. She has also been selected as one of the top 100 female ...
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What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Individuals who are regularly subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace are often left feeling uncomfortable, confused as to what actions they can or cannot take to put an end to the harassment, ...
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Attorney Matthew Tyrrell Selected to the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers-Rising Stars List

Attorney Matthew Tyrrell has been selected to the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at ...
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Attorney Fern Trevino Selected to the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers List

Attorney Fern Trevino has been selected to the 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to ...
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Are You Eligible for a FMLA Claim?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees who meet certain qualifications to take an unpaid leaves of absence for up to 12 weeks and still have their healthcare benefits and jobs ...
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Does Title VII's prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex cover discrimination against transgender people? Recently, the EEOC ruled that it does.

On April 20, 2012, the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) protects transgender people from discrimination on the basis of sex. The ...
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In Illinois, "Indirect" Whistleblowers are Protected from Employer Retaliation

Michael v. Precision Alliance Group Illinois is an "at-will" employment state, which means that generally, an employer may fire an employee for any reason – or no reason at all. ...
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Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Employees May Have Recourse Against Their Employers for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act ("IWCA") is the exclusive remedy in Illinois ...
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Non-Compete Agreements

Many employees in Illinois are subject to non-compete agreements with their employers or former employers. Recently, the law in Illinois regarding when such agreements are enforceable has changed. In ...
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Illinois is an at-will employment state

Illinois is an at-will employment state. Generally, that means that employers can terminate an employee for any reason at all except an illegal reason. One exception to the employee-at-will doctrine ...
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Circumstantial Evidence in Discrimination Cases

Circumstantial Evidence in Discrimination Cases. Plaintiffs who sue their employer for discrimination are often convinced (and often, correctly so) that some adverse employment action [1] done to them ...
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