Sexual harassment and the chain of commandBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009LawPulse, Page 278Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.
“Rape Shield” for Civil LawsuitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009LawPulse, Page 220An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
Personnel rules for public officials and employees revisedDecember 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 612The Illinois Office of the Secretary of State made several changes to Title 80, Subtitle B, Chapter II, Part 420, Personnel Rules, Pay Plans, and Position Classifications. 80 Ill Adm Code 420.
R U monitoring employees’ text messages?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008LawPulse, Page 438 An employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in private e-mail he sent during work hours on his employer-issued pager, the federal ninth circuit rules.
Court upholds penalty against employer for not withholding income for child supportJuly 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 340On May 1, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Lake County ordering the ex-husband's employer, Knobias, to pay $369,000 to the employee's ex-wife as a penalty for knowingly failing to pay, within seven business days, child support from wages of the ex-husband.
No discretionary immunity for retaliatory discharge of employeeJune 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284On April 17, 2008, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's holding barring the plaintiff's retaliatory discharge claim against the Waukegan Park District due to the District's immunity under the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act (Tort Immunity Act), 745 ILCS 10/1-101 et seq.
The CFAA: New Remedies for Employee Computer AbuseBy Linda K. Stevens and Jesi J. CarlsonMarch 2008Article, Page 144The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act provides a path to federal court for employer-victims of computer abuse by employees and other insiders.
Departing Executives and the Wage Payment ActBy Richard L. Miller and John Haarlow, Jr.March 2008Article, Page 138The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act can be a powerful tool for departing executives who haven t been properly compensated.
Employers win pay-disparity case in Supreme CourtBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007LawPulse, Page 398In Ledbetter, the Supreme Court rules that Title VII's filing deadline bars employment discrimination claims based on decisions that occurred outside the limitations period, even if the employee's current pay is lower because of the decisions.