Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation
Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation
Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation  
Employment Law
• Overtime Cases
• Vacation Pay And Bonus Cases
• Family And Medical Leave Act
• Age Discrimination Cases
• Disability & Race Discrimination
• Sexual Harassment

Housing Discrimination Cases
• Lending Discrimination
• Fair Housing
• Municipal Regulations

• Personal Injury/Malpractice

Super Lawyers 2007-2014
Top Lawyers in Illinois as selected by their peers
Top Lawyers in Chicago as published in the National Law Journal
AV Preeminent Rating – Martindale Hubbell

Kinoy, Taren & Geraghty, P.C. has been at the forefront of civil rights employment and fair housing litigation since its founding in 1981. For more than 32 years its partners have represented individuals and groups in securing their rights to work and live free of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age and disability. Recently, KT&G recovered $10 million on behalf of a group of African American dockworkers who were discriminated against and harassed on the basis of their race. The firm has enforced wage and hour laws on behalf of employees and has provided counseling and representation to not for profits and small businesses in the area of employment and fair housing law. Kinoy, Taren & Geraghty, P.C. is recognized as one of the premier federal civil rights litigation firms in the Chicago area.


Employment Discrimination: The firm seeks to enforce the federal civil rights laws with respect to individuals and groups of employees. The firm has brought claims alleging race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination in employment. Highlights include:
  • $10 million recovered for class of African American dockworkers in racial harassment and discrimination suit. William Bandy et al v. YRC, Inc.
  • $1 million recovered for class of managers who claimed race discrimination in promotions. Acie Moore et al v. Menard, Inc.
  • Numerous private settlements of individual racial and sexual harassment cases.
Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation
  Wage and Hour Litigation: The firm enforces federal and state wage and overtime laws on behalf of groups and individuals.
  • $6.8 million recovered in overtime case for Sergeants, Lieutenants and Captains of Chicago Police Department. Tracy et al v. City of Chicago.
  • $1 million recovered for Illinois class of employees not paid wages in a timely manner.
    Hlas v. Menard, Inc.
  • Thousands recovered in individual claims for unpaid overtime. Judgment obtained against Illinois employer under new Employee Classification Act making it illegal to misclassify employees as independent contractors. Perez v. Midway Overhead Door, Inc.
Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation
  Vacation Pay and Bonuses: The firm represents individuals and groups in securing their rights to vacation pay and bonuses upon termination from employment.
  • $4 million obtained for former employees who claimed they did not receive bonuses and vacation pay in compliance with Illinois law. Ronny Cunningham et al v. Menard, Inc.
Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation
  Severance Negotiations and Executive Contracts: KT&G partners negotiate severance agreements and employment contracts for individuals at all levels of employment.
  • KT&G lawyers have negotiated million dollar severance agreements and executive contracts for employees in Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profit corporations.
Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation
  Family and Medical Leave Act: The firm has been at the forefront of FMLA litigation, winning important decisions in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. See, Stevenson v. Hyre Electric, 505 F.3d 720 (7th Cir. 2007); Shaffer v. American Medical Association, 662 F.3d 439 (7th Cir. 2011)

Fair Housing Litigation: The firm serves as General Counsel to Fair Housing organizations and has litigated some of the leading cases involving discriminatory housing practices including, racial discrimination and steering, discriminatory lending, reasonable accommodations and modifications, access to handicap parking and group home litigation
  • KT&G has co-counseled nationwide class action lending discrimination cases that have recovered over $20,000,000 to minority homeowners. e.g. Payares v. Chase, CV 07-05540 (C.D. CA.)
  • KT&G has litigated the leading cases against condominium associations and developers who have refused to provide handicap parking spaces to residents in need. Jafri v. Chandler Condominiums, et al.
Kinoy, Taren and Geraghty, P.C. / Employment & Fair Housing Litigation / Civil Rights Litigation
  Small Business and Not for Profit Defense: KT&G provides advice, counseling and litigation defense to numerous not for profit and small businesses.

Disability Insurance Claims: KT&G partners assist clients in securing short and long term disability benefits under employer sponsored disability plans.
K,T & G lawyers recently secured a $220,000 award, which included $75,000 in punitive damages, from an arbitrator in Illinois on behalf of a former Department Manager for a Menards store, who claimed she was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for complaining about sex discrimination on the job. Menards requires all of its employees to agree as a condition of employment to arbitrate their employment claims rather than proceed to court. In his award, the arbitrator found that Menards’ purportedly anonymous hotline which employees are encouraged to use to air their employment complaints, is not actually anonymous at all. The former Department Manager was fired four days after she made her supposedly anonymous complaint to Headquarters.
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No more Criminal Background Checks for Employment applicants
As of January 1, 2015, Illinois employers may not require disclosure of the criminal history of an employment applicant until the applicant has been determined qualified for the position and notified of an interview, or until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The new law, entitled Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, was signed by Governor Quinn in July 2014. There are limited exceptions to the law and it does not provide a private right of action against employers who violate the law. The Act does provide for fines which can be imposed after an investigation by the Illinois Department of Labor. Click here for more information.

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). We have successfully litigated one of the first cases in the country where an employee was fired for refusing to submit to DNA testing required by his employer. Gibson v. Time-O-Matic (2012)

Illinois Credit Privacy Act (ICPA). We are currently investigating claims under the new ICPA that makes it illegal for an employer to conduct a pre-hiring credit check on a job applicant.

Unlawful Employment Agency Practices in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. We are continuing to investigate Executive Employment Agencies who refuse to recruit qualified candidates for high paying jobs because of age or gender.

Illinois Employee Classification Act. We have asserted claims under a new law on behalf of employees wrongfully classified as Independent Contractors and denied overtime and benefits.

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Are you a whistleblower? Employees reporting securities fraud violations may be entitled to between 10-30% of any fines resulting from their information. We can help you pursue those claims.

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