We Concentrate In Employment Law

The law firm of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek concentrates in employment cases. Our firm includes five attorneys who handle, inter alia, claims for sex, age, race and disability discrimination, ERISA claims, wage and hour matters, suits for commissions, claims for money due under employment agreements, and whistleblower claims. The firm also does workplace investigations and reviews employment/severance agreements for individuals. The firm practices in federal and state courts as well as at the EEOC and state and local agencies.

Practice Areas

Discrimination Claims

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of certain protected categories such as gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, nationality, age, disability or religious beliefs.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and/or national origin. Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act also forbids discrimination on the basis of race. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) forbids discrimination against employees who are age 40 or older. The American’s with Disability Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires employers to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities, unless doing so would constitute an undue hardship for the employer. The Law Offices of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek can review your facts to determine whether you have a claim, and if so, what legal recourse may be available to you.

We assist employees in the Chicagoland area in the following types of discrimination matters:

  • Gender/Sex Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Whistleblower Claims

A “whistleblower” is a person who reports illegal or dishonest conduct by a company, government agency or other organization, to the public or to a person in authority. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against a whistleblower, by terminating or otherwise mistreating the employee.

Whistleblower and Other Retaliatory Discharge Claims

Whistleblower claims arise when an employee reports, threatens to report, or refuses to participate in, certain types of illegal or improper activities, such as those that threaten the health, safety or welfare of Illinois citizens. The law also protects employees who engage in other protected activities such as filing a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Statutes (laws passed by Congress) and common law (law that arises from court decisions) provide distinct remedies for whistleblowers.

Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Claims (SOX)

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, enacted in 2002, establishes enhanced standards for all U.S. public company boards, management, and public accounting firms. The Act has provisions protecting employees who report corporate fraud. Remedies under the Act include reinstatement, back pay and benefits, compensatory damages, abatement orders, and reasonable attorney fees and costs.

If you have complained about or reported or refused to participate in illegal activities at work, and your employer has retaliated against you, contact the Law Offices of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek. Our firm has been ranked as one of the top  leading plaintiffs’ employment lawyers in Illinois. We are committed to representing employees, and will fight to protect your rights if your employer retaliates against you.

Hostile Work Environment

A hostile work environment may be defined as a workplace where an employee is subjected to harassment or unfair treatment, creating an environment where the employee feels threatened or intimidated. Both discrimination and sexual harassment may create a hostile work environment. An employee may also experience a hostile work environment after attempting or threatening to report illegal conduct, such as age discrimination. Following are some examples of hostile work environments:

  • An employee who is treated differently by her supervisor because of her nationality. The employee may be given tougher job assignments or may be paid less than other employees who perform the same or similar work.
  • An environment where racial slurs are passed verbally or via email.
  • An employee who is improperly touched by a co-worker or manager, despite his/her communication that the conduct is unwanted.
  • An employee who is harassed by co-workers on a regular basis because she has reported illegal conduct in the workplace.

If you have experienced any of these situations or feel mistreated or unsafe at work, a Chicago employment lawyer at the Law Offices of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek may be able to help you.

Sexual Harassment

The Law Offices of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek has been helping executives and employees with sexual harassment claims for more than two decades. We serve the greater Chicagoland area, limiting our practice to the representation and counsel to employees to avoid any conflicts of interest that could arise by representing employers. We understand the serious impact of sexual harassment and are committed to providing only the highest quality client service and legal representation in all types of sexual harassment cases. We represent men and women in the following types of cases:

  • Physical Harassment: Unwanted touching, sexual battery or sexual assault
  • Verbal Harassment: Comments of a sexual nature, sexual innuendoes, verbal sexual advances and lewd or sexist remarks and jokes that are unwanted and offensive.
  • Supervisor Harassment: Physical and or verbal sexual harassment by any supervisor, manager or person with authority to hire and fire.
  • Sexual Discrimination: Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination against an employee based upon his/her gender, sex or sexual orientation. Less favorable treatment in hiring, termination, promotions, job assignments, compensation and other significant terms and conditions of employment.
  • Employer Retaliation: In some cases, an employer may retaliate against an employee for reporting sexual harassment. Retaliation may occur through a demotion, denial of a raise, promotion or employee benefit, a decrease in pay, a transfer to a less desirable shift, unwarranted discipline, or wrongful termination.

The firm negotiates mediates, arbitrates and litigates claims of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment and/or discrimination.

To learn more about our services and how the firm can help you, please contact us.

Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination is a form of illegal retaliation by an employer. It occurs when an employer fires an employee for engaging in some form of “protected activity,” such as reporting sexual harassment or participating in a discrimination claim. The law protects employees who report illegal activity or misconduct by an employer or co-worker from retaliation. If an employer terminates an employee for reporting or threatening to report illegal or fraudulent conduct, the employee can file a retaliation claim against the employer.

Every situation is unique and different laws may apply based upon the specific facts of your case When you consult with a lawyer at the Law Offices of Fern Trevino, you will be able to discuss your concerns, goals and available options with an experienced professional. If you have been wrongfully terminated, an attorney at the firm can help you decide on the best course of action.

The Law Offices of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek handles many cases of wrongful termination, which is also referred to as retaliatory discharge. The firm knows the value of strategic negotiation, and when taking an aggressive approach will be in the client’s best interests. Whether an attorney at the firm negotiates a fair settlement agreement or takes your case to trial, the firm’s primary mission is to achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact a wrongful termination lawyer to ask about your options in seeking justice for retaliatory discharge.

Wage and Hour Claims

As an employee, salaried or hourly, you may have questions or concerns about your compensation. Your employer may have intentionally misclassified you as a salaried employee in order to avoid paying overtime. You may be dealing with a similar issue regarding your pay rate, hours worked or wages owed. In these matters, the Law Offices of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek may be able to help you. The firm has represented and counseled employees in the Chicago area for nearly two decades, using a team approach and limiting the number of cases it takes in order to make sure that every client receives personal attention.

Wage & Hour Claims: Protecting Your Right to Fair Compensation

In Illinois, wage laws are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). These laws cover minimum wage, overtime pay, classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, and a number of other key issues. Employees are entitled to compensation for their hours worked and should be paid at least twice a month, with some exceptions. The way an employee is paid will depend on whether he/she is classified as exempt (salaried and therefore not entitled to overtime pay) or non-exempt (hourly and therefore entitled to overtime pay for time worked more than 40 hours in a week).

Some employers may intentionally misclassify employees in order to avoid paying them overtime, certain benefits, and health insurance. For example, an employee who should be non-exempt may be classified as exempt, and an employee may be wrongfully classified as an independent contractor.

If you have questions about your classification, hours or compensation contact the firm to schedule a confidential consultation with an employment lawyer. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will give you information and guidance that is applicable to your specific situation.