Willenson Law, LLC

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Willenson Law represents plaintiffs in individual and class action discrimination, wage theft, and civil rights litigation. We use the legal system to seek justice for individuals whose civil rights and employee rights have been violated.

Marni Willenson has represented employees in class action and individual discrimination lawsuits for more than twenty years. She has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer in employment law each year from 2012-2018.

The firm is currently litigating several important cases for heroic women firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and correctional officers.  In November 2017, we filed suit on behalf of more than one thousand women employed as correctional officers and health care workers at the Cook County Jail who allege they have been subjected to horrific sexual harassment by male detainees, including indecent exposure, groping, sexually degrading insults and slurs, and threats of sexual violence. Willenson Law is co-counseling the lawsuit with Joshua Karsh of Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym and Cyrus Mehri, Ellen Eardley, and Michael Lieder of Mehri & Skalet, one of the nation’s leading civil rights firms.

The new lawsuit is one of several the firm has filed for groups of first responder women — paramedics, firefighters, and sworn sheriff’s deputies — battling sex discrimination in their jobs protecting the public. On September 19, 2016, in one of the firm’s lawsuits challenging sex discrimination by the Chicago Fire Department, the United States Court of Appeals struck down a physical performance test that unfairly eliminated women from paramedic jobs for more than a decade. The court agreed that the test discriminated against female paramedics and served 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. To read the 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 will continue litigating cases involving discriminatory employment tests, sexual and racial harassment, and other forms of discrimination. The public benefits with diverse workforces, hiring processes that select applicants based upon their actual capabilities and not gender or racial stereotypes, and workplaces free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.

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