Willenson Law, LLC
Welcome to Willenson Law, LLC
Willenson Law represents plaintiffs in class action, civil rights, wage theft, workplace rights, and other complex civil cases. We use the legal system to enforce the rights of people who have suffered discrimination, wage theft, retaliation, and other unfair and unlawful treatment.
Marni Willenson has represented plaintiffs in civil rights and other lawsuits for more than twenty years. She has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer in employment law each year from 2012-2016.
In the firm’s latest news, on September 19, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a significant opinion striking down a physical test that the City of Chicago used to hire paramedics for more than a decade. The court found that the test discriminated against experienced female paramedics applying for these coveted jobs and had no legitimate purpose. This is a victory for all women who have been rejected for first responder and other “non-traditional” positions on the basis of invalid tests and gender stereotyping — and for all job applicants seeking fairness in the hiring process. This victory is one in a long line — spanning decades — of successful cases filed against the city of Chicago to end discrimination in Fire Department hiring. To read the unanimous decision of the court of appeals, click here.
The test video also demonstrates how disconnected this discriminatory and unlawful test was to what paramedics actually do.
Willenson Law is committed to continuing to litigate cases involving discriminatory employment tests so all job applicants are treated fairly. The public benefits when people are hired based upon their true capabilities and not gender or racial stereotypes.