Practice Areas

Employment Discrimination

While we have made tremendous strides as a society, the reality is that employment discrimination remains far too common. The financial, professional, and emotional consequences of facing discrimination in the workplace can be devastating. We are here to help bring it to an end.

In over a decade of representing employees, Mr. Zemans has experience advocating on behalf of people who have been discriminated against based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

Discrimination in the workplace comes in many forms beyond just a refusal to hire or termination of employment. Demotions, failures to promote, or even refusing to provide similar work opportunities to those given to coworkers may constitute illegal discrimination.

If you think you have been singled out for mistreatment by a potential, current, or former employer, please contact our office for a free consultation right away.

Contract Review

If your future or current employer wants you to sign an employment agreement, you should have it reviewed by an attorney. After all, it is almost certain that the employer hired an attorney to write and/or review the contract. Oftentimes terms that appear fair are actually biased in favor of the employer. It can be invaluable for you to have someone with experience carefully review all of the terms of your potential employment agreement.

Because contracts dictate not just salaries and terms of employment, but can also include restrictions on employees long after the employee leaves the company, signing a bad employment agreement can be a professionally catastrophic mistake.

If you are considering signing a new employment agreement, please contact our office today.

Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements

Employment contracts often include provisions prohibiting employees from competing with their employers or soliciting former coworkers, clients, and/or customers. Because restrictions can be incredibly broad, it’s always best to consult an attorney before signing the contract.

If you’re already past that point and have questions about your existing agreement, the Law Offices of Daniel Zemans can still help. Non-compete and non-solicitation provisions are often unenforceable, either because they are too broad or because of other actions taken by the employer. If you have questions about an existing non-compete agreement, please contact our office today.

Family and Medical Leave

Most people are familiar with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as the law that gives new parents the right to take up to 12 weeks off from work in order to care for a newborn child. If your employer has interfered with your right to care for your child or retaliated against you for taking time off for that reason, contact us today for a free consultation

The FMLA also gives most employees the right to take extensive time off due to their own serious medical condition or those of a family member.

In order to qualify for FMLA leave:

  • you have worked for your employer for at least 12 months;
  • you have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months before the leave;
  • your employer has at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of your worksite; and
  • you need time off from work due to you own serious health condition or to care for a parent, child or spouse who has a serious health condition.

Depending on the nature of the health condition, employees might have the right to take their leave in small time periods instead of taking all 12 weeks at once. That is not a decision that your employer can force on you.

If you think you meet all of these criteria and your employer has in any way prevented you from taking FMLA leave or retaliated against you for taking it, please contact our office today for a free consultation.

Whistleblowing/Retaliatory Discharge

Employees in Illinois are protected if they are retaliated against for reporting suspected illegal activities by their employer or for refusing to engage in illegal activities on behalf of their employer. Retaliation can take the form of termination of employment, demotion, failure to promote, or harassment.

If your employer has retaliated against you because you reported suspected illegal behavior or refused to break the law at your employer's request, please contact our office today for a free consultation.

Unemployment

If you have been fired from your job, you should read this pamphlet, which your employer should have given you.

If your former employer challenges your claim for unemployment benefits or the Illinois Department of Employment Security denies your claim, please contact our office right away as you have a short period of time to appeal.

Landlord Tenant

While most of our work is related to employment law, the firm also represents tenants in Chicago whose landlords refuse to return security deposits or attempt to enforce illegal lease provisions.

Far too often, tenants are unaware of their legal rights. Most tenants in the City of Chicago are protected by the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) and all tenants have some legal protections.

Whether you have questions about your security deposit, breaking your lease, your landlord entering your apartment, or any other issue related to your landlord, we can help. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.

Overtime

As a general rule, if you work more than 40 hours per week, there’s a good chance you are entitled to overtime pay. There are exceptions to the rule, but if you have worked more than 40 hours in a week in the last three years and haven’t been paid time and a half for the additional hours, please contact us.

Some employers blatantly refuse to follow the law while others think they can get around it simply by paying an annual salary rather than an hourly rate or by simply declaring an employee is exempt.

Just because your employer says you’re not entitled to overtime pay does not mean they are right. Please contact our office for a free consultation if you work more than 40 hours per week and think you might be entitled to overtime pay.

Non-Payment of Wages or Benefits Page

If your current or former employer refuses to pay money or benefits you've earned, there are laws that protect you, regardless of whether you have a contract or not. This includes situations in which your employment has ended but your former employer has failed to pay out the benefits you accrued over the course of your employment. If your employer refuses to pay you everything they owe you, please contact our office today for a free consultation.

Law Offices of Daniel Zemans, LLC
205 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 810
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 924-1320