Pretzel & Stouffer

Employment practices and discrimination

Pretzel & Stouffer employment liability attorneys have a successful track record in a wide range of disputes in this area. Our firm has helped clients win favorable verdicts in cases involving workplace and hiring discrimination; benefits and compensation; Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) violations; wrongful discharge and more. Whether identifying creative strategies for out-of-court settlements or mediation or defending clients in court against complex class-action suits involving hundreds of plaintiffs, we work diligently and cost-effectively to deliver the best possible outcome.

Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients before administrative agencies such as the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Labor Relations Board and the Chicago Commission of Human Relations, among others.

In one case, our attorneys obtained a dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against a collection agency accused of ERISA violations. In a U.S. District Court case, we successfully defended a health and welfare fund defendant against ERISA violation claims brought by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Civil rights litigation

Pretzel & Stouffer civil rights attorneys have successfully represented a number of municipal and private clients in the area of civil rights litigation, including law enforcement and government officials, local governmental entities, municipalities, private security firms and more. Representative cases have involved Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment claims in state and federal courts — all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Our extensive in-court civil rights defense experience involves trial and appellate courts in class-action and single-plaintiff scenarios. In one class-action suit against a municipality, we successfully defended our client against claims of an unconstitutional strip-search policy.

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