The Chicago Employment Law Blog

January 2013 Archives

How to File an Employment Discrimination Claim

You work in a Chicago high-rise and believe that your boss or colleagues are discriminating against you. Can you simply march downstairs to the nearest employment law office and file a lawsuit? The answer is no. Instead, to file a proper claim, you need to follow the steps to file an employment discrimination charge.

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles all discrimination charges and you generally must first file your complaint with the agency before bringing a private action.

Here's a look at the steps for filing a charge with the EEOC:

Illinois' Employer Posting Requirements

One of the easiest ways to get in legal trouble as an employer is by not meeting Illinois' employer posting requirements.

The posting requirements are pretty simple: Make sure that your employees can see these enumerated state and federal notices. But for whatever reason -- be it laziness, ignorance, or oversight -- many employers fail to meet these requirements.

To make things easy for you, here are a list of Illinois and federal posting requirements, as provided by the Illinois Department of Labor.

7 Things to Know About Illinois' Minimum Wage/Overtime Law

There is a lot of confusion about Illinois' minimum wage and overtime laws.

If you talk to your friends, you may hear one thing. If you talk to the guy in the next cubicle, you may hear another.

To clear up the confusion, here are seven things you should know, as provided by the Illinois Department of Labor:

Chuck E. Cheese Waitress Stabs Patron; Employer's Liability?

Shardonnae Pruitt was removing salad plates from a customer’s table when she discovered that one of the patrons may have not paid for his salad. Caring greatly about her employer’s bottom line, she confronted the patron about the robbed roughage. Unfortunately, she cared a bit too much and expressed her outrage at someone stealing from her boss by throwing a napkin dispenser at the alleged thief.

And then she stabbed his girlfriend three times at their dinner table, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Now, LaNasia Randle has filed a lawsuit against CEC Entertainment, the parent company of the restaurant, claiming negligence because the restaurant’s security stood by idly and watched as their coworker sliced and diced the patron.

What does this knife-wielding waitress have to do with you, the local small business owner?

Top 10 Chicago Employment Law Stories of 2012 (Part II of II)

As promised, we've returned with the rest of 2012's most popular employment law stories.

The Top 5 stories can be found here. The next five are a mixed bag, dealing with everything from being laid off to McSexual harassment.

Top 10 Chicago Employment Law Stories of 2012 (Part I of II)

The year 2012 was in interesting one for employment law. We saw more stories about the role of social media in the workplace, an increase in EEOC litigation, state-funded pension disputes, and the upholding of Obamacare.

Of course, these were the topics that most interested us law geeks. For readers like yourselves, here are the 10 most interesting employment law stories of 2012, as determined by Internet traffic:

Finger-Lickin' Good Results For Harassed KFC-Taco Bell Workers

A local fast food franchise settled a class-action sexual harassment case late last month, ending years of alleged harassment, legal battles with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and of course, terrible jokes. According to the EEOC, they reached a settlement agreement with Mendota Restaurants, Inc., of Mendota, Ill.

The company runs a franchised Taco Bell/KFC on Route 34. They also allegedly enabled over a year's worth of sexual harassment that included multiple sexual assaults. At least five of the women complained to the local police before this lawsuit was filed on behalf of twelve victims. The store manager at fault reportedly also stooped to retaliation by discharging or constructively discharging those who complained.