S.T. Legal Group
At S.T. Legal Group we are committed to helping our clients navigate this shifting terrain and to protecting their interests.
Our firm is dedicated to helping both employers and employees navigate the complex state and federal laws governing the contemporary workplace. From preparing employment agreements to resolving employment-related disputes, we are the informed choice in employment law.
Managing partner Diana Taylor has a well-earned reputation as a dedicated advocate who counsels clients on all aspects of the employment relationship — hiring, discipline, promotion, performance improvement, and termination. Diana brings to bear significant trial experience and comprehensive knowledge of contract, labor, and employment law, as well as the recognition of her peers as a Rising Star in Illinois Super Lawyers.
When disputes arise or the employment relationship breaks down, it is crucial to have the powerful representation S.T. Legal Group provides. Although we prefer to reach amicable resolutions to disputes, we are highly skilled in employment litigation. Regardless of the forum, mediation, arbitration or litigation, rest assured your interests will be protected.
Our clients include small to midsize businesses across multiple industries, and employees on all levels, from front-line workers and administrative professionals to officers and executives. We offer flexible rates, cost-effective service, and the advice and counsel of a premier Illinois employment lawyer. Please contact our Deerfield office today to schedule a consultation.
We Strive To Make the Complex Laws Governing Employment Relationships Manageable
It is important for employers and employees to remember that Illinois is an “at-will” employment state, which means that the employment relationship can be terminated at any time by either party for any reason or no reason at all.
There are limits, however. An employee cannot be terminated for any discriminatory reason, or in retaliation for exercising a legal right, or for reporting an employer’s illegal conduct (whistleblowing), or in breach of an employment contract. While this seems straightforward, the nature of the employment relationship is far more complex.
- Employment agreements specifying the terms and conditions of employment (e.g. employees duties, hours, compensation, employment benefits)
- Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) designed to protect the company’s confidential business information (e.g. intellectual property, trade secrets, client lists)
- Noncompete agreements to prevent departing employees, particularly executives, sales people and other key personnel, from taking positions with competitors or starting a competing business
- Severance agreements outlining the details around termination of employment
We Work to Create Employment Agreements that are Fair & Reasonable to Both Parties
Our employment lawyer regularly helps business clients put in place agreements that comply with state and federal employment law and also reviews agreements for employees to make sure their rights are protected. When you consult with us, you can have confidence knowing that your employment relationship has a solid foundation.
Contact Our Experienced Illinois Employment Law Attorney
The contemporary workplace is rapidly evolving, driven in part by technological advances, particularly telecommuting, video conferencing, and chat rooms. This will impact not only the employment relationship but how employees interact with each other, which will invariably lead to new employment law challenges.
At S.T. Legal Group we are committed to helping our clients navigate this shifting terrain and to protecting their interests. Above all, we are here to help employers comply with applicable employment and labor laws and to empower employees to stand up for their employment rights. Please contact our office today to consult with an experienced employment lawyer.
Employment Litigation Attorney in Deerfield, Illinois
At S.T. Legal Group, we have extensive experience prosecuting and defending all types of employment law claims, including:
Wage and hour disputes can arise when employers are accused of failing to pay the minimum wage, miscalculating rates of pay, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, as well as failing to pay commissions or executive bonuses. In any event, most employees in Illinois are entitled to the minimum wage, which will be raised by state law to $15 per hour by 2025. In addition, employers are required to properly classify their workers as exempt (administrative, executive, or professional), or nonexempt; employees designated as “nonexempt” must be paid overtime.
State and federal laws prohibit employers from making employment decisions (hiring, compensating, training, promoting, hiring) based on protected characteristics such as age, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Workplace harassment can occur in a variety of ways. For instance, a supervisor or another person in a position of authority may demand sexual favors from a subordinate in exchange for a promotion or other benefit of employment. Similarly, unwanted conduct, comments, or visual displays in the workplace can create a hostile work environment.
Although Illinois is an “at-will” state as mentioned above, a wrongful termination claim can arise when an employee is fired for an illegal or discriminatory reason or in breach of a written or implied contract.
Our Deerfield employment lawyer represents clients in both state and federal court, as well as in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). Diana Taylor has a proven ability of effectively resolving employment disputes and helping employers and employees achieve workplace fairness.
The S.T. Legal Group Difference
Although employment relationships in Illinois are governed by state and federal laws and bound by employment agreements in many instances, employment-related disputes are not uncommon. When disputes cannot be resolved through negotiations and litigation becomes inevitable, it is crucial to have a skilled employment lawyer in your corner.
Before launching her firm, Diana Taylor had extensive civil litigation experience in the areas of personal injury, employment, and contract disputes. Diana has a proven history of achieving favorable settlements and jury verdicts for her clients. Although employment disputes can be complicated and intimidating, working with such an accomplished trial lawyer will stand you in good stead, inside and outside of the courtroom.