Chicago Transportation Law Firm

Illinois Employment Attorneys

Businesses of all kinds, including transportation companies, are affected by employment issues.  At Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon, our Chicago employment attorneys represent employers, particularly motor carriers, manufacturers and brokers, in employment matters, such as Federal and State wage and hour disputes (FLSA), employment discrimination, ERISA withdrawal and contribution claims and EEOC complaints.  As knowledgeable Chicago transportation business attorneys, we also help employers draft the necessary and appropriate business contracts, including employment agreements and independent contractor agreements.

Defending Employers against Wage and Hour Claims

Certain employees, including truck drivers, are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and like Illinois Statutes, which governs minimum wage, overtime compensation, exempt workers status, and other workplace issues.  Despite the fact that truck drivers are not subject to the overtime provisions of the FLSA, truck drivers frequently make claims for unpaid overtime and the knowledgeable Chicago employment attorneys at Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon frequently represent trucking company employers in defending against these claims.  We also help defend other employers against other FLSA or State claims, such as minimum wage violations, break violations, vacation pay and improper status claims.

Employment Discrimination

The Chicago employment attorneys at Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon also defend employers who are facing employment discrimination allegations and claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Federal laws, including the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from terminating employees based on race, color, religion, national original, age, or gender.  Additionally, the Illinois Human Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on arrest record, marital status, sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, citizenship status, ancestry, military status, sexual harassment, and orders of protection.

Nonetheless, in Illinois, most employees are “employees at will,” which means that either an employer can end the employment relationship at any time for any reason, provided that the termination does not violate federal and state discrimination laws.  At Chicago employment attorneys at Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon frequently represent employers in defense of employment discrimination claims.  We carefully analyze the employee’s employment history and work habits in order to help the employer establish that the termination of employment was not a result of discrimination.

Skilled Employment Litigators

The Chicago employment attorneys at Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon are skilled litigators with particular knowledge about the transportation industry.  If you are an employer who has been sued by one of your employees or former employees, contact our office at (312) 236-9375 to schedule an appointment with one of our Chicago transportation employment lawyers to learn more about how we can help you defend yourself in a wage/hour claim or employment discrimination case.