The Law Office of EBERE N. EKECHUKWU & ASSOCIATES, P.C. represents and provides legal advice to individuals and businesses including start-ups on all employment related issues. For employees, we help review executive employment contracts, salaries and benefits to ensure that your rights are fully protected. For employers, work with employers to develop sound policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of state and federal employment laws. We provide representation and advice in the following areas:
- Discrimination: Workplace discrimination on the basis of Age, Disability, Race/Ethnicity/National Origin, Sexual Orientation, Gender and Religious discrimination
- Wrongful Termination
- Sexual and Workplace Harassment
- Contract disputes: Violations of non-compete agreements, non-solicitation covenants and confidentiality agreements
- Wage and Hour claims, including unpaid overtime
- Employment law violations involving medical issues , including violations under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
- Violations of other federal and state employment laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Contact The Law Office of EBERE N. EKECHUKWU & ASSOCIATES, P.C. today at (312) 362-9844 and we will help you fight to protect your employment interests.
Some Useful Terms
Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee for reporting, threatening to report or attempting to report illegal activity. For example, when an employer fires an employee for reporting age discrimination in the workplace, the employer has wrongfully terminated the employee.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, and is prohibited by federal, state and local laws. It may include such conduct as unwelcome sexual advances, and/or physical or verbal harassment that is sexual in nature. The law protects both males and females from sexual harassment in the workplace.
Workplace discrimination, or employment discrimination, occurs when an employee or applicant is treated less favorably than his peers because of the employee’s race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, religious beliefs or nationality. Discrimination may occur in the hiring process or may be related to compensation and benefits, promotions, job assignments or termination.
Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period in order to care for themselves or their families. Eligibility is based on how long the employee has been employed and the size of the company.
A severance agreement is a legal agreement between an employer and employee regarding an employment separation or termination. The employer may require the employee to waive legal claims in exchange for severance pay and/or other benefits, depending on the specific situation.
Hostile Work Environment
A hostile work environment exists where an employee is subjected to an environment of hostility or harassment based on a protected category such as race or gender. An experienced employment law attorney can review the facts of your situation and applicable laws to determine how workplace conditions may be improved, and how you should be compensated for wrongdoing that has already occurred.