Gail Eisenberg | Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation - Loftus & Eisenberg, Ltd.
Gail is the head of the employment law practice at Loftus & Eisenberg, Ltd. Gail works a range of employment disputes related to race, gender, and other forms of workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Before Loftus & Eisenberg, Ltd, Gail worked for Sowell & Friedman, Ltd., at Dentons, and as a Staff Law Clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She has also taught appellate advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Gail has received several honors and accolades. Leading Lawyers named her as an Emerging Lawyer in Employment Law, and the Illinois Super Lawyer’s Magazine has named Gail as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in Employment Litigation every year since 2017. She was also recognized as a Rising Star in Class Action Litigation. And Gail was named to the 2015 Chicago Jewish 36 under 36 List by the Jewish United Fund. In addition to legal accomplishments, Gail was elected as New Trier Township Trustee in 2017 on a four year term. She also currently sits on the Administrative and Government Affairs Committees of the Jewish United Fund, co-chairs the Legislative Committee of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, serves on the Quality Jobs Council for Women Employed, on her school district’s Community Review Community, on her synagogue’s board, and as a Girl Scout Brownie Leader, and on the Triage Cancer Legal Advisory Council. And she serves on the March of Dimes’ North Suburban Leadership Council and Illinois Government Affairs Committee. She received her M.A./B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Learn More: https://www.loftusandeisenberg.com/
Prof. Richard J. Gonzalez | Employment Law - Chicago-Kent College of Law
Professor Gonzalez joined the Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty in 1988. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from Ohio State University College of Law. In addition to teaching, Professor Gonzalez worked in private practice, worked for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, and as an administrative law judge for the State of Illinois Human Rights Commission. Professor Gonzalez has taught courses in employment discrimination, pre-trial litigation, negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and advanced legal writing. He also a frequent speaker and author on topics of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge. In 2013, Professor Gonzalez was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, the organization that recognizes the nation’s top labor and employment attorneys. Learn More: https://www.iit.edu/directory/people/richard-gonzalez
Special Episode | Amit and Max discuss some exciting legislative news
Amit and Max meet on short notice to discuss some exciting legislative developments! NELA-IL's Legislative Committee has been hard at work working to push two different bills. The first amends Illinois wage theft laws to create stiffer penalties for employers who don't pay their workers. That bill just passed both Illinois legislative houses and is ready for Governor Pritzker's signature. The other is exciting, important, and comprehensive non-compete reform. This legislation will improve employee mobility and unanimously passed the Illinois General Assembly. Listen to Amit and Max talk about both bills, why they matter, and about all of the work that went into getting them through.
Catherine Simmons-Gill | President of NELA-IL - Corporate Law - Intellectual Property
The founder of the Offices of Catherine Simmons-Gill, LLC. Catherine has an extensive practice in intellectual property, represents clients in commercial litigation and general corporate matters, and has a robust employment law practice. Catherine has been practice law for more than four decades. She was previously the General Counsel for two publicly traded companies, the Chief Trademark Counsel of a pharmaceutical company, and counsel for Sears, Roebuck and Co. She is also an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School and a certified mediator. She graduated law school from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. In addition to all of this work, Catherine is the President of NELA-IL. https://www.nela-illinois.org/
Chiquita Hall-Jackson | Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
Chiquita Hall-Jackson is The founder of the Hall Jackson & Associates, P.C. She received a B.A. in political science and public law, with a minor in communication studies from Northern Illinois University. She earned her JD from Southern University Law Center, where she served as SULC’s Law Clinic Extern and studied abroad in International Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. In addition, she worked as a mediator at the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Chiquita’s practice includes pursuing claims for victims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as whistleblower retaliation. https://www.hall-jacksonandassociates.com/
Rachel Weisberg | Disability Rights Discrimination - Equip for Equality
Rachel Weisberg: A Staff Attorney and the Employment Rights Helpline Manager at Equip for Equality. Rachel graduated from the University of Michigan and cum laude from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She has spent most of her career with Equip for Equality, but also worked as law clerk for a federal judge, as an attorney for Sidley Austin, and with the Attorney General’s office. At Equip, Rachel focuses on litigating disability rights discrimination claims. Learn More: https://www.equipforequality.org/
Jason Han | Employment Law, Discrimination, Police Misconduct.
This week: Jason Han The founder of the Jason Han Law. Jason worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a photo journalist before becoming a lawyer. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana, and graduated cum laude. Before becoming an employment attorney, Jason worked as a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s Office. Jason now has his own practice and represents clients in discrimination and whistleblower matters. He also represents state and federal employees. Works on ERISA matters and labor and CBA matters. In addition to his employment practice, Jason works on police misconduct cases. http://www.jasonhanlaw.com/
Karen Doran | Unemployment Benefits (IDES)
In this episode, Max and Amit talk about IDES unemployment benefits with Karen Doran, the founder of Karen Doran Law Office, focusing on plaintiff’s-side employment law. Karen has been doing this work since 2004. During her career she worked for a not-for-profit legal organization called Legal Aid Chicago (back when it was called Legal Assistance Foundation). It was there that she gained extensive experience representing Claimants fighting for their unemployment benefits. Though she’s again a member of the private attorney’s bar, she still takes on a number of unemployment cases, particularly over the past year because of the massive uptick in claims during this COVID crisis. learn more: https://www.nela-illinois.org/content.aspx?page_id=80&club_id=853437&member_id=3642109
Introducing Employee to Lawyer
This is a podcast about law in the workplace, or the laws and issues that affect our workplaces. The goal of this podcast is to have conversations with employment lawyers to discuss these issues for non-lawyers to understand, and to throw in some interesting “war stories” to give life to our topics. Employment law touches a broad range of topics (from negotiating employment and severance agreements, to being a whistleblower, to discrimination matters, to biometrics, and so much more), and we want to create a discussion around those topics.