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Employment Law

Employment Law: A Minefield of Potential Problems

For both employers and employees, work related disputes can be enormously disruptive and can cause irreparable losses. The Chicago employment attorneys at the law firm of Bellas & Wachowski Attorneys at Law have represented business owners, executives and employees to resolve a full range of employment related legal problems. The Labor and Employment Law practice of Bellas & Wachowski Attorneys at Law is proud to have successfully represented our clients – from minimum wage employees to large corporations – in discrimination, payroll, overtime, and restrictive covenant issues.

Trusted Advisors to Business Owners: Our attorneys counsel employers through sensitive personnel decisions, such as hiring, promotion, performance evaluation, discipline, compensation and discharge issues, reductions in force exit incentive programs, releases, leaves of absence and harassment issues. We also conduct internal investigations of alleged harassment or other employee misconduct claims and also conduct litigation avoidance counseling and training. Working proactively to help employers avoid potential liability for employment related claims and lawsuits is a key part of our Labor and Employment practice. We counsel employers on a daily basis on how to implement and enforce effective and protective policies and procedures. When an employee or former employee violates your policies or procedures or steps over the line in the employment area, we aggressively assist you in protecting and asserting all of your rights to rectify the situation.

Lawyers for Employees: Our Chicago employment attorneys also work with employees on a variety of labor, employment and benefit claims. We have experience with claims alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violations of federal and state overtime and wage/hour claims, ERISA, FMLA, WARN and OWBPA, along with common law claims such as breach of contract, interference with contract or prospective advantage, invasion of privacy, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Often people come to us when they have lost their job and they feel like they have nowhere else to turn. We represent employees who have received write ups, suspensions, demotions and who simply want to know their legal rights. For many clients, a simple consultation is all that is needed. But if you need more we are here to help with contract or severance negotiations, administrative agency claims, jury trials, class action cases and appeals.

No two cases are alike. We work hard to determine the best legal solutions to fit our clients’ individual needs – whether they be legal, financial, physical or emotional. Our Chicago employment lawyers enjoy their work, and take pride in obtaining the best possible resolution for each and every one of our clients. Our recommendations speak for themselves.

We have experience in representing clients in a broad variety of employment arenas – whether it is before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the National Labor Relations Board, or State and Federal courts.

Given the complexity of the current labor climate, building a relationship with one legal team that can guide you through new developments, explain your options clearly and help you make thoughtful, informed decisions can provide efficiency and stability. Our Labor and Employment practice takes a highly proactive approach helping you head off problems and resolve disputes – but we are also prepared to litigate aggressively on your behalf if necessary.

If you have an employment related legal concern, please contact us. Whether you are an employer or an employee we stand ready to advise you on a full range of employment related matters and will fight to protect your rights in an employment related dispute. Please feel free to review the employment related information we have provided on our website listed on the right. Our firm lives by its dedication to customer service.