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Seventh Circuit Reverses ADA Ruling in Favor of Plaintiff; Obesity Without Physiological Cause Not ADA Covered Impairment

Overview: The plaintiff had worked at a rail yard, occupying different positions, for over 33 years. Some of those positions included: a grounds man, a driver, and a crane operator, and all indications are that the plaintiff was a productive and skilled employee. The rail yard the plaintiff was employed at was eventually purchased by   Continue Reading »

Employers & Personal Cannabis Use After HB-1438 (Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act)

General Outline of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act Illinois enacted the Illinois Industrial Hemp Act (“IIHA”) in 2018 (505 ILCS 89/1 et seq.), which modified existing law and includes legislation relating to CBD, or cannabidiol. The IIHA includes all CBD products to be sold to the public including topical creams, cosmetics, foods, beverages and   Continue Reading »

The Workplace Just Got More Complex to Manage in Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed multiple bills that will create new laws and amend existing laws that will impact all Illinois employers and employees, if signed by Governor Pritzker. The following laws will create limitations on contract terms and employee handbooks, amend the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Equal Pay Act, the Victims’   Continue Reading »

7th Circuit Reaffirms Distinction Between Supervisor and Co-Employee Harassment Under Title VII

In Gates v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the grant of summary judgment in the defendant’s favor in this Title VII racially hostile work environment case.  The District Court had found that a supervisor’s use of the “N” word on 2 occasions and stating that   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell

Johnson and Bell