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Chicago Employment Attorneys

The Zoldan Law Group, PLLC is a full-service employment law firm. We represent both employees and employers throughout Chicago in matters ranging from discrimination claims to disputes involving non-compete agreements. With broad experience assisting clients in all stages and areas of employment law issues and litigation, our attorneys are ready to assist you with your specific goals.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • You can feel confident in knowing your needs will be met and that your case will be properly and effectively handled.
  • If we cannot reach a resolution using settlement negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, we are always prepared for trial.
  • Our firm is well known for litigating a high number of employment cases, and maintains a track record of successfully securing compensation for our clients.

Why You Need a Chicago Employment Attorney?

Employment law is one of the fastest evolving areas of legislation. Because of this, our Chicago employment lawyers invest considerable time in staying up to date, so they know what has changed and how it may affect your company, or you, and your situation. Our lawyers will sit down with you to discuss the chain of events that brought you to us. By looking at the evidence and piecing together the specifics of your story, we can help give you a better sense of what your legal options are and what to anticipate. Most importantly, by hiring the right attorney, you can expect them to handle all of the details of your case for you, while being guided through each part of the process.

Types of Cases We Handle

The Zoldan Law Group, PLLC commonly represents either employees or employers in the following types of matters:

  • Discrimination with respect to hiring, pay, promotion, termination or other employment opportunities: based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, family rights and responsibilities, military status, sexual orientation or other protected status.
  • Mistreatment: Harassment, hostile environment, misclassification, unpaid overtime.
  • Wrongful termination: due to a medical condition, performing legal rights, violation of contractual rights, discrimination, or public policy issues.
  • Wages, overtime, vacation, benefits, or improper withholdings
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Terminating unsatisfactory employees
  • Employment, severance, or compensation agreements
  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
  • Employee policies and handbooks

Illinois Employment Laws

In addition to federal legislation, the state of Illinois has specific laws that protect most employees, regarding wages and work hours:

Minimum Wage

Both state and federal laws dictate the minimum hourly wage an employee can be paid. As of the first of January 2020, Illinois has set the state’s minimum wage amount to $9.25 for workers who or 18 or older. However, Chicago is one of two local jurisdictions where the minimum wage is higher. The current hourly wage in Chicago is $13.00 per hour, which is $5.75 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Those under the age of 18 must receive at least $8.00 per hour. Tipped employees must receive minimum wage as well, but employers are able to pay $6.40 as their base pay and their tips make up the difference.

Overtime Pay

Employees who work more than 40 hours in one workweek, must be paid “time-and-a-half” of their typical hourly rate for any additional hours. This is specified by both state and federal laws. An employee who receives $12 an hour, for example, should be paid $18 for every additional overtime hours worked over 40 hours. However, for many employers and employees, it can be a grey area.

Holiday, Vacation, and Sick Pay

Employers are not required by federal or state law to pay employees for holidays, vacation time, or sick days. Unless, they have entered into a contract or an agreement with the employee, stating that said employee will be compensated for holidays, vacation days, and/or sick days.

Though not all employers are required to adhere to these rules, the vast majority are expected to, and may face substantial penalties for noncompliance.

Contact the Zoldan Law Group PLLC

It’s never too soon to get in touch with a Chicago employment law attorney. Employers and employees should start working to protect themselves right away. Our legal consultations are free, call (312) 980-9992 today.

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"I highly recommend them if you are looking for smart, accurate and helpful legal work. I recently engaged the Zoldan Law Group in a complex contractural issue - they were able to help me understand my options, walk through pros/cons for each and provide a thoughtful recommendation. Ultimately, they gave me much needed clarity and confidence throughout the process and I will gladly engage them in future matters."

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