Cook County Chicago Employment Law Lawyer

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Cook County, home to Chicago, offers an exceptionally broad range of attractions, including impressive centers of business and commerce, nature preserves, botanical gardens, theatres, museums, sports arenas, business centers, educational institutions, and famed historic sites. More than 40 percent of all Illinois residents live in Cook County, making it the second most populated county in the U.S. Because this county holds so many Illinois residents, there are numerous individuals and businesses who require legal services.

At Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC, our highly skilled Cook County attorneys have a history of successful outcomes and are experienced in a wide range of legal matters, including employment discrimination, complex litigation, workers’ compensation, and labor union issues. We are also well-known for aggressive litigation of personal injury lawsuits. 

Committed to protecting the rights of our clients, we have won billions of dollars for those we serve. Whether you are an individual, a small business, a large corporation, or a member of a class-action lawsuit, we will provide you with effective legal representation. You can depend on us to work tirelessly on your behalf. 

What Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil Will Do for You

When you come to our offices in Chicago or Geneva, we will give you our full attention because we know that every case is unique and that details are pivotal to winning cases. Once you become our client, you can count on us to:

  • Negotiate forcefully with opposing attorneys
  • Examine all records pertaining to your case, subpoenaing documents if necessary
  • Prepare and file all legal papers in a timely manner
  • Interview all witnesses
  • Consult with experts in related fields whose testimony will support your claims
  • Use our well-honed strategies to fight for you in court

Our experienced attorneys handle a broad spectrum of legal cases. We are adept at handling legal cases in all of the following areas:

Employment Law

Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. 

Discrimination in the Workplaces of Cook County

In spite of the federal and state laws put in place to protect workers from employment discrimination (e.g.Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), too many employees in Cook county are struggling to cope with discriminatory treatment in terms of hiring, working conditions, wage inequities, workplace harassment or wrongful termination. 

Our employment discrimination attorneys frequently bring employment discrimination claims before state and federal courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). If you have experienced employment discrimination based on one of the protected characteristics listed below, you need the informed advocacy we provide:

  • Skin color
  • Sex (pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity)*
  • Religion
  • Race
  • National origin or ethnicity
  • Genetic information
  • Disability
  • Age (40 or older)

*Note: Sexual harassment (quid pro quo or hostile work environment) falls under the umbrella of sex discrimination

Our attorneys also handle a variety of other employment issues, including:

  • Wage and hour disputes (e.g. minimum wage, overtime, misclassification)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues
  • Environmental and safety concerns in the workplace
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Contract disputes
  • Wrongful termination

No matter what your employment issue is, our employment lawyers will fight to protect your rights, win you the damages you deserve, and keep your dignity and reputation intact.

Complex Litigation in Cook County

Complex litigation involves multiple or complicated legal issues, multiple parties, or cases developed through deeply penetrated discovery channels. Such cases may deal with:

  • Consumer fraud
  • RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations)
  • Intellectual property (e.g. trademark, patent) litigation
  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam actions
  • Business and commercial disputes (e.g breach of contract, deceptive trade practices)
  • Security litigation
  • Internet and technology disputes
  • International disputes

Since complex litigation cases often have ambiguous legal precedents, they may present opportunities to create new, clarifying legislation to shape public policy going forward. For this reason, such cases require the special talents of attorneys like ours to achieve optimal results.

Workers’ Compensation in Cook County

Injuries that occur while you are on the job entitle you to receive workers’ compensation. Even though certain jobs are much riskier for workers than others — e.g. mining, forestry, construction, law enforcement, manufacturing, and firefighting — any worker can suffer an injury that makes them eligible for workers’ compensation. For example, a slip and fall accident caused by negligent maintenance can occur in any work environment from a construction site to an executive office.

The workers’ compensation attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil are well-prepared to fight hard to make sure you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to by law for:

  • Medical care
  • Temporary total disability (TTD)
  • Temporary partial disability (TPD)
  • Permanent total disability (PTD)
  • Death benefits (for surviving family members of wrongful death victims) 

However, if your injury has resulted from the negligence of a third party — such as a manufacturer, contractor, or subcontractor — our personal injury attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit for damages over and above the amount provided by workers’ compensation benefits.

Personal Injury and Labor Union Cases in Cook County

Our accomplished attorneys also have extensive experience handling personal injury and labor union cases. We are proud of our national reputation as a practice with impressive negotiation and litigation skills. We are known not only for our record of favorable settlements and jury verdicts but for our customized, compassionate service.

Contact Our Experienced Cook County Attorneys Today 

The attorneys of Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil are determined as well as capable. With our legal and moral support, you will stand the best chance of winning your case and receiving justice. Contact us now so we can help you stand up for your rights and secure your future.