Employment

At work is where most Americans spend the majority of their day. Working conditions have an enormous impact on a person's quality of life. Dangerous working conditions harm millions of workers every year. Importantly, the "harm" that is caused comes in a number of different ways: Physical harm, lost wages and other financial harm, emotional distress and a loss in quality of life.

Likewise, what constitutes a "dangerous" workplace is variable. Workers are injured and suffer harm as a result of a broad range of accidents, intentional conduct, exposure to unsafe or hazardous working conditions, and other unjust and unlawful treatment such as by: Defective or damaged tools, equipment and machinery; discrimination, harassment and retaliation; sexual harassment; sexual assault; disability discrimination; failure to accommodate disability or handicap; unlawful hiring practices; unlawful wage and compensation; failure to pay overtime; breach of contract; being wrongfully terminated or refused a promotion, training or being subjected to other types of adverse employment actions.

Attorneys Protecting The Rights Of Employees

Our accomplished employment lawyers fight hard for workplace rights. Our employment law team demands workplace justice, fair working conditions, safe working conditions, equal working conditions and justice for our injured clients. Every employee has a right to work in a fair, equal and safe environment. No person should be forced to endure unsafe working conditions, discrimination, harassment, improper payment of wages and compensation, wrongful termination, or unequal, unjust or unlawful treatment. It is important for employees to report bad workplace conditions, demand changes and hold companies accountable when harm occurs. Often, it is necessary to file an administrative charge or a lawsuit to protect employee rights, obtain workplace justice and recover the monetary damages an employee deserves.

Many employees are afraid to pursue a claim against a current or former employer. Often, employees are afraid of retaliation, being fired, being demoted or receiving a bad performance evaluation or negative recommendation for future employment. Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC ("FMCO") protects employees, fights hard to ensure better working conditions and holds employers responsible for injured workers. We demand accountability, we demand justice and we demand the monetary recoveries that our injured clients are entitled to be paid. Every worker can make a difference and transform the American workplace.

FMCO is a well-regarded, top Illinois employment law firm with a reputation for getting outstanding recoveries in employment cases. Our skilled and experienced employment lawyers have obtained millions of dollars on behalf of workers, in settlements, jury verdicts and judgments. We have decades of experience representing individual clients and multiple clients (class action, multiplaintiff and collective action) in a wide range of employment cases such as:

  • Work injuries
  • Race discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Sex discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • National origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Age discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Pregnancy discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Disability or handicap discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Unlawful wage payment and collection practices
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA)
  • Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)
  • Failure to pay overtime
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Unfair hiring practices
  • Improper use of biometric, health or genetic information
  • Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
  • COBRA violations (related to health insurance coverage, notices, etc.)

Our employee rights lawyers are experienced in handling claims before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") or Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), as well as claims in state and federal courts. We routinely handle both individual as well as multiplaintiff, class action and collective action cases. Partner Kathleen C. Chavez has been appointed numerous times as class counsel and as counsel for the collective.

Request Free Case Evaluation With An Employment Law Attorney

Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, employment litigation attorneys provide effective legal representation for workers who have been unlawfully terminated or have suffered the harmful effects of workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment, or other unfair and unlawful employment practices. Call us at 630-232-7450 or use our convenient email contact form to arrange a free case evaluation by a lawyer. Our office hours in Chicago and Geneva are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Evening and weekend appointments may be available by special arrangement.