Employment Law

Figliulo & Silverman has represented many individuals and businesses in employment-related matters in a wide range of circumstances. The firm’s services range from general counseling, such as drafting employee handbooks, policies and procedures, to prosecuting and defending claims, including significant experience enforcing and challenging restrictive covenants.

The firm has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending discrimination claims in federal district court, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, and the Chicago Commission of Human Relations.

Recent employment matters include the following:

  • Represented a food service company in a putative “hybrid” action seeking class certification under state wage and hour statutes and certification as a collective action under Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an employer accused of sexual harassment and retaliation.
  • Obtained dismissal of an action brought by former employee under Title VII as a sanction for her abuse of the legal system.
  • Obtained judgment on a jury verdict against an agent responsible for stolen jewelry.
  • Prosecuted a pregnancy discrimination claim on behalf of an employee, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Negotiated employment agreements in connection with acquisition of a business in which bonuses may exceed $20 million.
  • Negotiated employment agreements for and counseling with a team of employees hired by a competing institution.
  • Obtained an order of replevin without notice against a former employee accused of theft.
  • Defended an employer accused of race discrimination and retaliation and sought punitive damages, which resulted in a $5,000 settlement.
  • Prosecuted a claim of discrimination based on religion that resulted in a settlement for more than five years’ pay.