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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  
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
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

Other
• Personal Injury/Malpractice
       
  IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Beginning January 1, 2017, attorney Jeffrey L. Taren, will be joining the Seattle civil rights law firm of MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless. For 60 years, MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless has provided the highest quality legal service to people and businesses throughout Washington and across the country in the areas of civil rights, employment law, immigration law, medical malpractice and other tort and contract cases. Mr. Taren will continue to handle individual and class action cases both in Washington and within the Chicago and Illinois areas and will remain of counsel to Kinoy, Taren & Geraghty P.C. which he helped found and where he has worked for over 36 years.

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THIRTY-FIVE (35) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE REPRESENTING INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS IN EMPLOYMENT RELATED LITIGATION AND NEGOTIATIONS

Attorneys Licensed in Illinois and Washington State
Super Lawyers 2007-2017
Top Lawyers in Illinois as selected by their peers
Top Lawyers in Chicago as published in the National Law Journal
AV Preeminent Rating (View) – 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 35 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.

PRACTICE AREAS

Mediation and Arbitration Practice: Attorney Jeffrey L. Taren is an experienced neutral who serves on the Employment Panel of the American Arbitration Association for the Chicago and Midwest area and for the Seattle, Washington and Pacific Northwest areas. Mr. Taren is available to privately arbitrate and mediate both individual and class action matters. He has served as a Hearing Officer for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations for over 25 years. As a neutral, Mr. Taren was appointed by the Special Master in the McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch class action to assist in the adjudication of claims in the $160,000,000.00 employment discrimination settlement.

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
  Employee Misclassification Litigation: KT&G is in the process of pursuing claims on behalf of employees who have been illegally misclassified as independent contractors, depriving them of overtime, medical insurance, workers compensation and unemployment coverage and other benefits.
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.
  • KT&G has litigated numerous cases against architects and developers involving obligations to design and construct multi-family housing accessible to residents with disabilities, including the recent settlement in Open Communities v. Focus Development et al. which resulted in the complete retrofitting of an 8-story, 175 unit apartment complex in Evanston, Illinois.
  • KT&G also represents several developers of multi-family housing, assisting them with compliance issues concerning their obligations under local, state and federal civil rights laws with regard to accessibility and other fair housing obligations.
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.
 
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Landmark $2,000,000 Settlement Of Police Code Of Silence Case
Kinoy, Taren & Geraghty recently settled a lawsuit brought by two Chicago police officers who alleged they were retaliated against by the Department for blowing the whistle on police corruption. The case made national headlines when the Mayor of Chicago was ordered to testify and for the first time in its history, the City admitted in open court that a code of silence has existed within the Chicago Police Department. Officers Shannon Spalding and Daniel Echeverria worked secretly with the FBI for two years to nab corrupt police officers Sgt. Ronald Watts and Kallatt Mohammed. In the law suit handled by attorneys Jeffrey L. Taren, Miriam Geraghty and Christopher Smith, the plaintiffs alleged that in retaliation for assisting in the arrest of fellow police officers, their cover was intentionally blown, they were not allowed to return to their prior assignments in the Narcotics Squad and they were repeatedly referred as “rats” and were told they would not be backed up on the street if there was trouble. Click here for further information.


Court Rules That Breast Cancer Disability Case Presents Sufficient Evidence To Go To Jury Trial
On September 19, 2016, a federal court judge ruled that an employee who alleges he was fired because of his association with his partner who was undergoing breast cancer chemotherapy, had presented sufficient evidence to allow a jury to determine whether both of their rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Brian Gaughan and Judy Aliferis, represented by Miriam Geraghty & Jeffrey Taren, brought a lawsuit for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act alleging that Judy was terminated from her position as Director of Nursing because she needed to undergo chemotherapy treatments and surgery for her breast cancer and her boyfriend, Brian, was terminated after he took time off of work, with prior permission, to take her to her treatments. This case will be scheduled for jury trial in the spring of 2017. Aliferis v. Generations Health Care Network at Oakton Pavillion, LLC, No. 15 C 3489, 2016 WL 4987469 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 19, 2016)


Executive Employment Contracts
KT&G lawyers have recently negotiated Executive Employment contracts for the CEO of an independent pharmaceutical corporation, a Senior Vice President of a major insurance company and Independent Contractor Agreement for several technology executives.



Recent Sexual and Racial Harassment Complaints and Settlements
Within the past few months, KT&G lawyers have resolved several race harassment and discrimination complaints pending in the Northern and Central Districts of the United States District Court (Illinois). One such case resolved claims made by multiple employees working in a downstate nursing facility alleging discriminatory treatment and job termination based upon their race. Another case involved allegations of discriminatory promotion practices at a major freight carrier. Finally, KT&G lawyers successfully resolved a sexual harassment complaint on behalf of a younger worker against a nationwide retailer.



NEW EMPLOYMENT PROTECTIONS
New Minimum Wage for the City of Chicago
The City of Chicago has enacted a new minimum wage ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019. The ordinance covers all employers that maintain a business facility within the City of Chicago and/or are required to obtain a business license to operate in the City. Click here to view an implementation timeline for the minimum wage ordinance.

Proposed New Overtime Rules
The Department of Labor has proposed new regulations that will significantly increase the number of workers eligible for overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a work week. The regulations would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white collar workers within the first year of implementation.

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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