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Chicago Employment Law Areas of Practice
Employment Law
Client Counseling
Whistleblower Claims
Family & Medical Leave Act
Hostile Work Environment
Retaliation Against Illinois Whistle-Blowers
Severance Agreements
Sexual Harassment
Wage and Hour Claims
Wrongful Termination
Representative Cases


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444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2930, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Chicago Employment Lawyer

Areas of Concentration

Since 1993, the boutique law firm has concentrated its practice in the following areas of employment law:

Discrimination claims: The firm has negotiated and litigated countless claims involving clients who were subjected to a hostile environment, passed over for a promotion, terminated, or were otherwise subjected to less favorable terms and conditions because of discrimination. Several federal, state, and local laws prohibit discrimination based on protected categories such as gender, pregnancy, race, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. Many employees fear they will be unable to prove discrimination, but direct evidence of discrimination is not required. The law allows employees to prove such claims through circumstantial evidence.

Sexual Harassment: The firm has negotiated and litigated numerous sexual harassment claims. Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. Sexual harassment often occurs behind closed doors and victims fear they will not be able to prove that the harassment even occurred. However, the victim’s own testimony can provide strong evidence of the harassment and additional evidence may be obtained during the discovery process.

Claims of retaliation for having reported or complained of illegal discrimination: The firm has negotiated and litigated many such cases. The federal, state and local laws that prohibit illegal discrimination also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who report or complain about discrimination. Employees may prevail on a retaliation claim, even if the employee cannot prove the underlying discrimination claim. Statutes of limitation apply.

Opposition to discrimination or sexual harassment: It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who opposes discrimination and/or sexual harassment of another employee or co-worker. The firm has handled such cases.

Whistleblower claims: The firm has negotiated many such claims and has litigated several whistleblower claims, in which an employer has terminated an employee because s/he reported, threatened to report, or refused to participate in activities which affect or could affect the health, safety, or welfare of Illinois citizens. Reporting such activities is protected by statutes and by the common law (judicial decisions). Statutes of limitation apply.

Retaliatory discharge claims: The firm has negotiated and litigated claims of employees who were terminated after they suffered a workplace injury. It is against public policy to fire an employee because s/he might file or has filed a claim for worker’s compensation. A five=year statute of limitation applies.

Family and Medical Leave Act claims: The firm has negotiated and litigated numerous claims involving employees who were demoted, passed over for a promotion, or terminated because they took FMLA leave. Such claims are often, but not always, filed in conjunction with disability discrimination claims.

Claims for unpaid commissions, bonuses or overtime wages: The firm has negotiated and litigated such claims which arise under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, or employment or compensation agreements.

Severance, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements: The firm has negotiated hundreds of such agreements, and when appropriate, the firm counsels clients on how to negotiate directly with their employers.

General client counseling on difficult work place issues: Even if the client has no facts to support a claim, or the client’s facts are too weak to allege a claim, s/he may benefit on counseling on how to attempt to resolve the issue.

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Law Offices of Fern Trevino - Chicago Employment Law Attorney
Located at 444 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2930 Chicago, IL 60611. View Map
Phone: (312) 386-7524 | Local Phone: (312) 630-4491.