The Employment Law Group at Fox Swibel provides clients practical, business‐oriented solutions to employment law problems. We provide day‐to‐day counseling and advice regarding all legal matters affecting the employment relationship, including non‐discrimination laws, wage & hour issues, FMLA and ADA issues, misappropriation of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and employee handbooks and policies. We assist clients to assess and manage risk in handling employee discipline issues, drafting and interpreting employment contracts, structuring leaves of absence, and planning reductions‐in‐force.
When an employment dispute arises, we work with clients to evaluate cost-effective litigation strategies and any available alternatives to litigation. Our attorneys regularly appear in the trial and appellate levels of federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies. We have expertise defending claims of discrimination, failure to accommodate, harassment, retaliatory discharge, fraud, defamation, and negligent supervision and retention. Likewise we regularly handle claims involving breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, non‐competition agreements, duty of loyalty, federal and state wage payment laws, the WARN Act, ERISA, and employee handbooks.
Upending three decades of precedent, the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held on April 4 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The landmark ruling is the first federal appellate court decision to extend Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination to sexual orientation.read more
March Madness is almost over, which means employers everywhere have been dealing with the headaches caused by increased Internet traffic and decreased productivity. However, not even March Madness can cause the heartburn employers experience when they hear the words...read more
An obese Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus operator alleged he was discriminated against when the agency refused to allow him to return to work following medical leave. A federal court recently said “fat chance” to the CTA’s request for early dismissal of the driver’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim.read more