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Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment

MastersLaw has extensive experience litigating a variety of labor and employment issues brought pursuant to federal and state statute and constitutional provisions on behalf of public sector and private entities.  Subject areas litigated include:

  • ADA
  • ADEA
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of collective bargaining agreement
  • Due Process
  • Equal Protection
  • IDHR appeals
  • Public entity administrative disciplinary proceedings
  • Title VII
  • USERRA
  • Workers’ Compensation retaliation
  • 42 U.S.C. § 1981

 

Representative matters include:

  • Obtained judgment notwithstanding the verdict, reversing a $1.6 million jury verdict in a matter brought by an employee who alleged retaliatory discharge under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Hillmann v. City of Chicago, 834 F.3d 787 (7th Cir. 2016).  For coverage, https://www.law360.com/articles/831823/7th-circ-nixes-1-6m-award-in-chicago-worker-firing-suit
  • Successfully defended summary judgment on breach of contract and ADEA claims against tenured professor who claimed he was unjustifiably accused of, and discharged for, committing plagiarism.  Roberts v. Columbia College Chicago, 821 F.3d 855 (7th Cir. 2016).
  • Successfully defended employer against claim that demotion of African American employee violated Title VII and the Equal Protection Clause.  Bates v. City of Chicago, et al., 726 F.3d 951 (7th Cir. 2013).
  • Successfully defended municipality against claims alleging discriminatory hiring policies and practices pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Palka v. City of Chicago, 662 F.3d 428 (7th Cir. 2011).
  • Affirming summary judgment for defendant based upon res judicata. Court held that res judicata barred the plaintiff’s Title VII lawsuit and pendent state-law claims when he had lost a prior lawsuit brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Czarniecki v. City of Chicago, 783 F. 3d 545 (7th 2011).
  • Affirming summary judgment in which two police officers alleged the City had violated USERRA.  Defendants were serving in the military at the time the Chicago Police Department administered a promotion test for the rank of sergeant.  In a case of first impression, court held that the USERRA is an anti-discrimination statute, and not an accommodation statute. Sandoval et al. v. City of Chicago, 560 F.3d 703 (7th Cir. 2009).
  • Upholding denial of preliminary injunction that sought to prevent the City from promoting to the rank of police sergeant based upon allegations of race discrimination in promotion process. Adams v. City of Chicago, 135 F. 3d 1150 (7th 1998).
  • Upholding City’s right to refuse to exempt police officer from assignments protecting abortion clinics against challenge that officer was entitled to religious-based accommodation under Title VII. Rodriquez v. City of Chicago, 156 F. 3d 771 (7th 1998).