EEOC and IDHR Defense

Employment Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Defense

The attorneys of Navigant have defended numerous employers before the EEOC and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. With our attorney’s in-depth business understanding, we knowledgeably guide and aggressively defend our clients, all while keeping the bigger picture and defense cost in mind.

We have successfully defended companies against discrimination on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Sexual harassment
  • Age
  • Retaliation

Our strategy is to stop the case during the administration process by putting together a defense so strong, plaintiff attorneys will think twice before taking the matter to court. However, even when the matter goes beyond the administrative process, Navigant attorneys stay on the case, putting our extensive employment litigation experience to work for our clients.


  • EEOC/Defended large property management company. Successfully defeated claim of racial discrimination. No settlement was offered and claimant did not file suit.
  • EEOC/Defended growing software design company. Successfully defeated claim of sex discrimination wherein claimant was sole female employee and claimed sex discrimination upon termination.
  • IDHR/Defended large, national franchisee operator. Successfully defeated claim that operator terminated claimant due to pregnancy. Though claimant had hired counsel to represent her claim during IDHR process, no lawsuit was filed after IDHR process concluded.
  • IDHR/Defended large medical practice. Successfully defended claim of retaliation against large medical practice. Though claimant had hired counsel to represent her claim during IDHR process, no lawsuit was filed after IDHR process concluded.

IDOL, IDES and OSHA Audit/Investigation Process

Corporations are always at risk of audit by various government agencies, including the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Each agency has its own audit process, with different audit requirements and investigation procedures. Navigating these different processes can be confusing, but failing to properly comply can open employers up to risk of fines and other penalties.

Navigant attorneys can help audit your employee practices to ensure you are compliant with the various IDOL, IDES and OSHA rules and regulations, helping your business to proactively prepare for an audit should one occur. If and when issues do arise, Navigant has experience with these complicated audit processes. We help our clients navigate these audits and properly respond to investigations, identifying potential problems and preparing strategies to minimize penalties.

Wrongful Termination & Breach of Contract Claims

Whether you have an At Will employee claiming wrongful termination or an employee under contract claiming their termination was a breach of that contract, employers may be faced with making difficult choices.

Wrongful termination can be based on several theories, such as breach of an employment contract, protection given under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 or theories involving failure to properly follow employee handbook policies. Wrongful termination can also be in the form of “constructive termination” meaning an employer makes the work conditions so horrible that employees are forced to quit.

No matter the approach, the attorneys of Navigant have extensive experience navigating these dangerous waters. Our attorneys will quickly and thoroughly investigate the claim, assess risks of liability, structure creative strategies, and, if necessary, engage in negotiations to avoid litigation.
Should our client choose to litigate the claim, our attorneys will aggressively defend the employer. Putting our years of extensive litigation experience to work for our clients, structuring a creative and thorough defense to quickly meet our client’s goals.

Employee Termination Analysis

Unless under an employment contract, employees in Illinois are generally employed on an “at-will” basis. At-Will means you can fire them when you want right? Not true. Firing an employee without doing a careful analysis can open your company up to significant risk. Failing to properly handle the termination process can lead to the even less enjoyable experience of defending your business at an administrative hearing and possibly an expensive lawsuit filed by the former employee — whether that lawsuit is meritorious or not.

Employment laws are a complex web of frequently conflicting laws. Multiple Federal and State laws, along with other considerations, must be carefully measured and reviewed before the decision to terminate can be made. When an employment relationship turns sour, it is natural for the employer to want to end that relationship quickly. In fact, at times a quick decision may be necessary to minimize risk or financial impact to the business. At these times you need Navigant.

The responsiveness, experience and creativity of Navigant attorneys set us apart. Our attorneys pride themselves on quickly responding to, analyzing and addressing your concerns. We know time doesn’t stop for your business when these problems present themselves. We put our experience to work for you, coming up with creative solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Should you have any questions about any laws that may affect your business, or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC at (847)253-8800 or contact us online.

Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC is a full-service law firm with various areas of service to assist your business, including: Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Commercial Real Estate, Business Immigration, Litigation and general Business Law services. Individual services include Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Guardianship, Divorce and Family Law.

This article constitutes attorney advertising. The material is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

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3701 Algonquin Rd. Suite 300
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008

Phone: (847) 253-8800
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