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New Claims Against Farmers Insurance Under Investigation

Tuesday, March 12 - 2013

We represent Claim Representatives who worked for Farmers Insurance and allege they were not paid for time worked at the start of their work days. Even though our clients were paid hourly, they claim they were not paid for time spent before their scheduled shifts logging in to the Farmer’s computer systems (known as “service power” or “service mobility”) to perform work. If you worked for Farmers Insurance or worked for any other employer off the clock and without pay, and want more information on your rights, please contact us.

Jim Zouras Guest Speaker at Chicago Bar Association Seminar

Tuesday, April 02 - 2013

Join Jim, Magistrate Judge Finnegan, attorney Niloy Ray and the Chicago Bar Association on 4/10/13 to learn about managing disputes about the discovery of electronically stored information.  Attendees will learn practical tips about the scope of ESI discovery, ESI search methodologies and production formats, proportionality and the Seventh Curcuit's ESI Protocols through an interactive, practical program that will include mock meet and confer conferences and motion hearings.  All members of the Chicago Bar Association are invited to attend.

Communication Unlimited Indiana Employees Seek Unpaid Wages

Tuesday, March 26 - 2013

On March 19, 2013 we filed suit against Communications Unlimited Indiana (CUI) in efforts to recover unpaid wages for all cable technicians and installers.  Plaintiffs allege that CUI violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as Indiana state law by failing to properly pay the overtime hours worked under the piece-rate payment scheme the company uses to compensate its technicans. 

Renting in Chicago? Know your tenant rights!

Tuesday, March 19 - 2013

Does your landlord require a security deposit?  If so they must:
 
-Hold your security deposit in a separate account
-Pay you interest on your security deposit within 30 days of each 12 month period
-Return your security deposit within 45 days of leaving
-Provide an itemized list of damages, if making any deductions from your security deposit

UPDATE: Women Suffering Serious Complications from Surgical Mesh Implants

Friday, November 02 - 2012

More and more women are coming forward seeking compensation for transvaginal mesh complications. A transvaginal mesh is a surgically-implanted medical device used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).  These are conditions that sometimes occur after surgery, childbirth and pregnancy.  The device is intended to alleviate the pain associated with these conditions.

Tips or No Tips, All Bar & Restaurant Employees Entitled to Minimum Wage

Tuesday, March 19 - 2013

It is NOT a defense for any restaurant employer to claim the employees "agreed" to be paid "tips only."

Court Declares An Employer's Handbook An "Agreement" Under the IWPCA

Wednesday, January 02 - 2013

Stephan Zouras represents a group of service technicians that were employed by Comcast in Elder, et al. v. Comcast Corp., et al. These employees assert claims for unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA). In a groundbreaking decision, Chief Judge Holderman declined to dismiss the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act count as urged by Comcast. Judge Holderman agreed with our clients that wages are "any compensation owed an employee by an employer pursuant to an employment contract or agreement."

Arbitration Win on Behalf of Traveler's Insurance Employees

Tuesday, December 18 - 2012

We represent a group of "Auto Damage Appraiser" employees who worked for Traveler's Insurance in Vilches et al. v. The Travelers Companies, Inc.  The employees brought a claim for unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Jersey Law.  The employees routinely worked overtime and were uncompensated for that time.  On December 12, 2012, the Arbitrator held that the Employers were liable to our clients and owed them substantial monetary damages for unpaid earned overtime.

Workers Sue Over Wages at South Loop Eatery

Tuesday, November 20 - 2012

We recently filed suit against Chicago’s NDE Restaurant on behalf of bartenders and servers seeking unpaid wages.  Also named as Defendants were NDE’s Chef Alain Nijike who previously worked at Charlie Trotters and part owner and Chicago Bear, Isreal Idonije.  Plaintiffs allege Defendants failed to pay promised tips and hourly wages. If you worked for NDE Restaurant as a bartender or server and want more information on your rights, please contact us.

Jim Zouras Leads Class Action Seminar and Guest Speaker at Wage & Hour Conference

Friday, November 02 - 2012

Recently, Founding Partner, Jim Zouras was asked by the Practising Law Institute to speak at their annual 2012 Class Action Litigation seminar.  Practising Law Institute (PLI) is a non-profit continuing legal education organization dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information and techniques to help develop and create a competitive edge within the legal arena.  In addition, Jim recently spoke on current developments in wage and  hour law at a seminar in Chicago sponsored by Bridgeport Continuing Education.

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