Employment Law

Workplace Discrimination & Harassment

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, retaliation and sex (gender), among other protected categories. Importantly, each of the laws contain their own…

Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) prohibit age discrimination against individuals who are 40 years or older. Notably, neither law protects workers under the age of 40. Age discrimination in…

Disability Discrimination

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) protects qualified individuals with a disability from discrimination in any aspect of their employment. A person can show that he or she…

National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”). Under both laws, no one can be denied equal employment opportunities because of his or her…

Pregnancy Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) amended Title VII to prohibit discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Pregnancy discrimination constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII and is also unl…

Race Discrimination

Race discrimination and harassment are prohibited both by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. §1981, which is commonly known as Section 1981. The Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA

Religious Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion (or lack of religious belief) in hiring, firing, or any o…

Retaliation

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”), an employer may not fire, demote, harass or otherwise retaliate against any applicant or employee because he or she filed a charge of di…

Sexual Discrimination & Harassment

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex (gender) as well as sexual harassment. Discrimination based on sex involves treating an applicant o…

Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) requires that eligible employees receive 12 weeks of unpaid, protected leave for specific family or medical reasons. Employee Leave Under the FMLA Under the FMLA, employees may take up to 12 workweeks of leav…

Executive Compensation

The attorneys at Chicago’s Nolan Law Office have over 30 years of combined experienced negotiating and enforcing employment agreements on behalf of executives and professionals. Over the years, we have been fortunate to advise leaders in the le…

Severance Agreements

The attorneys at Chicago’s Nolan Law Office have extensive experience evaluating and negotiating severance agreements on behalf of employees and executives. Severance or separation agreements are often presented to professionals or executive em…

Non-Competes and Non-Solicitation

Many employment agreements contain non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions. These provisions are commonly called restrictive covenants or post-employment restrictions since they act as a restraint on trade or one’s ability…