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Illinois Employment Lawyer for Chicago and Cook County

Arlington Heights, Northwest Suburbs Employment Law Attorney

For both employers and employees, work-related disputes can be enormously disruptive and can cause irreparable losses.  If you have an employment-related legal dispute or concern, consult an experienced employment lawyer immediately. The skilled employment attorney at Drost, Gilbert, Andrew, & Apicella is here to help.

At DGAA, we can assist you with any of the following employment-related matters:

Wrongful Termination and Whistleblowers.  Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is fired for engaging in some type of protected activity, such as filing a workers compensation claim, engaging in union organizing activities, or complaining about sexual harassment or discrimination. Employers are prohibited from terminating an employee in retaliation for reporting illegal conduct, or “whistle blowing.” If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, for whistle blowing or engaging in some other protected activity, you need to consult an employment attorney right away to protect and vindicate your rights

Employment Discrimination. Several federal, state, and local laws prohibit discrimination in employment based on characteristics such as race, age, gender, religion, national origin, familial status, pregnancy, and sexual orientation.  Generally, these laws prevent employers from denying employees’ or applicants’ jobs, promotions, or other employment-related benefits for discriminatory reasons.

Harassment. Federal, state, and local laws prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. Unwelcome sexual advances, comments, physical harassment, and quid pro quo requests for sexual favors are unlawful in the workplace, whether they originate from a supervisor or fellow employee. Both men and woman are protected under these laws. You do not have to put up with sexual harassment at work.  Consult with a skilled employment attorney right away to learn how you can prevent these unwelcome attacks and be compensated for damages that you have suffered.

Hostile Work Environment. A hostile work environment exists where an employee is subject to pervasive harassment or unfair treatment to the extent that he or she feels intimidated and threatened at work.  Either discrimination or sexual harassment could give rise to a hostile work environment if the offensive behavior is severe and pervasive enough.

Family Medical Leave Act.  Most employees who have been employed with their medium to large-sized company for at least 12 months, have rights under the Family Medical Leave Act, which allow them to take unpaid leave without being fired, in order to receive medical treatment for a serious illness or to care for a close family member who is in need of care. If you are an employee who is facing termination for taking leave to address a family medical emergency, the FMLA may provide you protection.  If you are an employer with 50 or more employees, you may need advice and assistance regarding the application of the FMLA to your employees who wish to leave the job to care for family members.

Employment Contract Disputes.  Employment contract disputes arise frequently, especially for business with large numbers of employees.  Whether you are an employee or an employer, an employment contract dispute can be very disruptive to your business and your life.  It is in everyone’s interest to resolve the dispute quickly.

Severance Agreements. If you have been offered a severance or separation agreement or if you need to approach an employer and request one, an employment lawyer will assist you in reviewing the agreement, recommending changes, or drafting an agreement for you.  Severance agreements often require employees to waive important rights. If you are going to sign a severance agreement, it is important that you understand the rights that you are giving up and the benefits that you are going to receive.

Unlawful Employment Practices. Federal and state law, including the Illinois Minimum Wage Act, requires that certain employees be paid a minimum wage, and that they be paid over-time for hours that they work over 40-hours in a single work week.  Some employers attempt to avoid the requirements of the law by misclassifying employees as independent contractors, or they simply refuse to pay minimum wages or overtime wages where the law requires.

Experienced Employment Law Attorneys at DGAA

If you have an employment-related legal concern, consult an employment lawyer right away.  Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella today to speak to a skilled employment lawyer.   Whether you are an employer or employee, your DGAA lawyer will advise you on the full-range of employment-related matters and will fight to protect your rights in an employment-related dispute.  We have offices in Chicago and Cook County, and we serve clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area including Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Inverness, Schaumburg, and Barrington.