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Experienced Chicago Attorneys Litigate Employment Disputes

Aggressive representation for senior executives throughout Illinois

You’ve invested in your career, and you’ve seen a fair return. The trajectory has been upward and you’re set to enjoy your prime earning years. Only, something’s gone wrong, and suddenly it looks like your smooth flight might crash and burn. Before your employment dispute damages your career, talk to a corporate employment attorney at Schwartz & Kanyock, LLC. We give you close, personal attention and reliable counsel based on more than 50 years of combined legal experience. We thoroughly investigate your circumstances, assess your options and devise an effective strategy to protect your rights. If you’ve run out of ideas, let Schwartz & Kanyock, LLC get started.

Fighting breaches of employment contracts in Illinois

When executives come to us complaining about their employers’ conduct, we first want to know if there’s a valid employment contract. Too often, companies make false statements and misrepresentations to induce a talented executive to accept a position. That behavior amounts to fraud, and it is actionable. If there wasn’t any fraudulent inducement, our client may have a case for breach of contract with regards to:

  • Compensation
  • Stock options
  • Performance bonuses and commissions
  • Perquisites
  • Benefits packages
  • Signing bonuses
  • Severance packages
  • Noncompete agreements

Our experience in business entity litigation makes us the perfect firm to represent executives who were promised ownership stakes as part of their compensation packages. We provide representation during employment, we help negotiate terms of withdrawal from a company, and we manage litigation that arises after an executive has left the company.

Wrongful termination and constructive dismissal in Illinois

In this age of “at will” employment, employees can be fired for any reason, but not for an illegal reason. Federal and Illinois state law forbids termination due to:

  • Discrimination — Employees are protected from harassment and adverse employment actions based on race, age, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity and disability.
  • Retaliation — An employee who asserts a protected right, such as taking family or medical leave, cannot be fired as a result.
  • Whistleblowing — Employees who report a company’s illegal activities are protected from termination.
  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment — It is illegal to fire an employee for rebuffing a supervisor’s sexual advances.

Of course, not every firing is an out-and-out dismissal. Sometimes, employers simply harass and demoralize employees until they quit. Such constructive dismissal often violates an employee’s contract, and sometimes breaks the law.

Contact our experienced corporate litigators for help with employment disputes in Illinois

Schwartz & Kanyock, LLC fights for senior level executives against their corporate employers.  We’ve had great success litigating on behalf of underdogs against powerful opponents and accept the challenge with enthusiasm. To schedule an initial consultation, call us at 312-436-1442 or contact our Chicago office online.