Employment Litigation and Counseling

Employment Litigation and Counseling

 
 
Employment Litigation and Counseling

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Employment Litigation and Counseling Group is committed to helping clients develop workable employment policies, practices, and procedures consistent with existing and continually evolving legal requirements. Coupling industry knowledge with legal acumen, the Group’s attorneys provide practical advice and proactive strategies to ensure compliance and manage litigation risks.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys advise companies in connection with complex issues involving diversity, employee absences, requests for accommodations, employee discipline, terminations, and severances. They work closely with clients to provide guidance related to best employment practices, to develop sound employment policies and handbooks, to assist in contract negotiations, the development of confidentiality agreements and issues related to executive compensation, as well as other matters that concern management and affect employees. The Group’s attorneys also advise individual employees and independent contractors in the creation of restrictive covenants, trade secret or non-disclosure agreements, and independent contract disputes and determinations.

Utilizing strong trial backgrounds, attorneys in the Employment Litigation and Counseling Group are skilled negotiators and strong advocates. They have handled charges on behalf of individuals and corporations before various state and federal governmental agencies, including the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the United States Department of Labor, and the United States Department of Justice.

With an eye on disposing of cases efficiently before trial, the Group’s attorneys have also successfully litigated matters in both state and federal courts. They have defended a wide range of employment cases, from single plaintiff allegations of discrimination (race, gender, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy), sexual harassment and hostile work environment, wrongful and retaliatory discharge, and denial of public accommodations, to collective wage and hour actions, commission disputes, breach of contract claims, employee privacy violations, restrictive covenants, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. In collaboration with in-house legal counsel, executives, managers, and human resources professionals, the Group’s attorneys regularly defend claims under state and federal statutes, including:
 
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Wage and Hour Statutes
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
  • Illinois Minimum Wage Act
  • Illinois Trade Secrets Act


News

Chicago, December 6, 2016
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Supreme Court to Rule on Bathroom Use in School for Transgender Student

Chicago, November 9, 2016
Wisniewski Co-Chairs ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide competed as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

Chicago, June 13, 2016
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois Appellate Court Decisions and Their Effect on Employment Law
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

Chicago, March 31, 2016
Skiko Addresses Hospitality Security Association on Common Legal Pitfalls
Skiko has defended the largest security services companies in the country.

Chicago, December 16, 2015
Wisniewski Featured in ABA Member Spotlight for Labor and Employment Law
Wisniewski has been involved in the section since 2012.

Chicago, November 24, 2015
Wisniewski, Skiko Judge ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide competed as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski, Skiko and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

Chicago, November 18, 2015
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Practical Applications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, According to the Seventh Circuit
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its November newsletter.

Chicago, July 23, 2015
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Prohibiting Employers From Asking “The Question”
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its July newsletter.


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Chicago, May 13, 2015
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: It’s 10:00 a.m...Do You Know Where Your Employees Are?
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its May newsletter.

Chicago, March 9, 2015
Wisniewski Volunteers with "Lawyers in the Classroom" Program
Wisniewski discussed constitutional law issues with eighth grade students.

Chicago, Libertyville, January 5, 2015
Lateral Associate, New Grads Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
The firm has welcomed a lateral associate in Libertyville and two recent law school graduates in Chicago.

Chicago, November 17, 2014
Wisniewski Judges ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide competed as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

Chicago, October 21, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Protecting Unpaid Interns and Accommodating Pregnant Women in the Workplace
The Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has released its October newsletter.

Chicago, October 21, 2014
Lateral Partner, Four Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
All five attorneys practice in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Chicago office.

Chicago, July 30, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: (Sick) Leave from Duty: A reasonable accommodation or paying an employee not to work?
When an employee is diagnosed with a serious medical ailment or disability that requires the employee to be out of work for a prolonged period of time, how much leave must an employer provide?

Chicago, April 30, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Discrimination Based on Different Skin Color Within the Same Race is Actionable
Also, the U.S. Supreme Court has clarified tax rules for certain severance payments.

Chicago, February 28, 2014
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: When Can You Terminate an Employee with a Medical Condition?
The February/March issue of the Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter offers practical tips for employers with new case law in mind.

Chicago, November 20, 2013
Wisniewski Judges ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide will compete as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

Chicago, November 18, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Welcomes Three Associates
The firm welcomes three associates, including two who were recently sworn in to the Illinois Bar.

October 31, 2013
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Does Your Company Have a Social Media Policy in Place?
Given the high number of users and the potential impact of social media on the workplace, it is increasingly apparent that social media policies are becoming a necessity for each workplace

Chicago, September 11, 2013
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Wins Not Guilty Verdict in ADA Case
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represented the client at both the administrative level before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and through to verdict.

Chicago, August 28, 2013
Employment Litigation and Counseling Newsletter: Good News and Bad News for Illinois Employers
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group has prepared its inaugural newsletter.

Chicago, July 9, 2013
Seven Lateral Attorneys Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Four partners and three associates have recently joined the firm's Chicago office.

Chicago, Lisle, August 22, 2012
Two Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Chicago, Lisle Offices
Erica S. Longfield joins the Chicago office, while Kevin L. Sterk practices in the Lisle office.


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