Continuing Legal Education

Litigating, Defending, and Preventing Employment Discrimination Cases: Practice Updates and Tips Concerning the Illinois Human Rights Act (CHICAGO)

March 14, 2013
Morning: 9:00-12:00; Afternoon: 1:00-4:00
5.50 MCLE hours, including 2.25 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Human Rights

Chicago
ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St., Suite 900
(map and directions)

Thank you for your interest in ISBA Law Ed. Advanced registration for this program is closed. Walk-in registration will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Morning Session: 2.75 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0* hour PMCLE credit
Afternoon Session: 2.75 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25* hours PMCLE credit
Full Day: 5.5 hours MCLE credit, including 2.25* hours PMCLE credit

Review the latest information in employment discrimination cases under the Illinois Human Rights Act!

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in a number of areas, including housing, public accommodations, and access to credit. Yet, most cases involve employment discrimination, making it imperative that labor and employment attorneys – as well as civil rights practitioners – keep abreast of this ever-changing arena. This seminar gives attorneys a better understanding of:

  • Properly filing a charge to start a case with the Illinois Department of Human Rights;
  • Important errors to avoid when filing a case or pursuing a charge;
  • How plaintiffs can best conclude a pending case in a timely, economical, and ethical manner;
  • How defendants can prevent a matter from getting to the Illinois Department of Human Rights;
  • Moving a case forward or getting it dismissed; and
  • Why some settlement options are better, more risky, or more inappropriate than others.

 

Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

Program Moderator/Coordinator:
Michael J. Maslanka
, Sacks, Goreczny, Maslanka & Costello, P.C., Chicago

 

Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Avoiding Errors when Filing and Pursuing a Charge/Case at the IDHR
This informative presentation gives you the information you need to properly file a charge to start a case with the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Tips and advice for giving your case the best chance of moving on to the next step in the case prosecution proceedings are also included.
Tomas A. Ramirez, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Chicago

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Basic Practice Tips for Complainants with Pending Cases*
Moving a case from start to finish from the Illinois Department of Human Rights through the Illinois Human Rights Commission can oftentimes take months or years. This segment examines the process from the plaintiff’s perspective and offers basic practice tips for complainants on how to best conclude a pending case in a timely, economical, and ethical fashion.
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M. LaSorsa, P.C., Mapleton/Chicago

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  Basic Practice Tips for Employers and Respondents with Pending Cases
Learn to defend your pending case in a timely and economical way with this comprehensive overview from the defendant’s perspective. Basic practice tips for preventing a matter from getting to the Illinois Department of Human Rights are also included.
Paul G. Prendergast, Laborers’ Local 773, Marion

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Morning Question and Answer Session
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss some of the issues highlighted by the speakers throughout the morning sessions. Web attendees are welcome to participate by typing questions and comments via the Q&A tab on their webcast screen.
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M. LaSorsa, P.C., Mapleton/Chicago
Paul G. Prendergast, Laborers’ Local 773, Marion
Tomas A. Ramirez, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Chicago

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.  Motion Practice before the IHRC and Important IHRC Cases
Hear from an Illinois Human Rights Commission administrative law judge on how to win motions and move a case forward or get it dismissed. Complainants and respondents alike will benefit from the points of advice provided throughout this session.
Hon. William J. Borah, Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Ethical Settlement Options and Approaches before the IHRC*
Join us for this panel presentation in which two practitioners and an Illinois Human Rights Commission administrative law judge come together to give their perspectives on why certain approaches in settlement are successful, why some approaches are inappropriate, and why other approaches are risky for either side. Hypothetical scenarios are used throughout the discussion.
Hon. William J. Borah, Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M. LaSorsa, P.C., Mapleton/Chicago
Paul G. Prendergast, Laborers’ Local 773, Marion

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.  Afternoon Question and Answer Session
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss some of the issues highlighted by the speakers throughout the afternoon sessions. Web attendees are welcome to participate by typing questions and comments via the Q&A tab on their webcast screen.
Hon. William J. Borah, Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M. LaSorsa, P.C., Mapleton/Chicago
Paul G. Prendergast, Laborers’ Local 773, Marion

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval