Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why Wessels Sherman is Uniquely Suited to Handle Your Next EEOC Charge

February 2015
By: James B. Sherman, Esq.

Those who toot their own horn too often risk being dubbed a braggart.  However, those who never tout their best attributes go unnoticed (not a good trait for lawyers).  So without making a habit of it, I ask that our readers indulge me this one newsletter column to state why Wessels Sherman clearly is the law firm employers throughout the Midwest should turn to for help when they receive a charge of discrimination, harassment, etc. from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The three primary reasons our firm is best suited to defend Midwest employers before the EEOC, are: (1) We know the EEOC decision-makers in Chicago; (2) Our lawyers know employment law; and (3) We give personalized, efficient attention to your case and your business to achieve successful results.  As will be described in greater detail herein, few lawyers or law firms can match us in all three of these important areas. 

Reason #1:      Many employers and lawyers, especially those in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas, do not realize that the EEOC operates in these states from its regional office in Chicago. With two offices in the Chicagoland area and having practiced there myself for more than 20 years, Wessels Sherman has experienced attorneys who know the key players who call the shots for the EEOC for the entire Midwest Region, from Chicago.  In fact, the EEOC’s Regional Attorney, John Hendrickson, along with Peter Ohr, Regional Director for Region 13 of the NLRB, will be guest speakers at our firm-wide seminar entitled, “Legal Winds Blow Through the City,” which takes place in Chicago, on Friday, May 1, 2015. 

Reason #2:      Our attorneys know employment law.  As a firm that for 30 years has concentrated its practice in representing employers in all matters of employment law, our experienced lawyers have seen it all. We know many of the folks at the EEOC and other government agencies, but we’ve also taken them on when the interests of our clients require. For example, I was lead defense counsel in the first case brought by the EEOC under the then newly enacted Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  When the EEOC sued not only the employer company but also the owner of that company I asserted in court that the ADA does not allow the EEOC or any other plaintiffs, to sue decision-makers as individual defendants. When we prevailed on that issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago, I am proud that it set a precedent that has since been applied in the federal courts all across America, not only for claims brought under the ADA but for claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and similar employment laws.  So when we say that we vigorously defend our clients, we mean owners and management as well as the companies they own or manage!

Reason #3:      Efficient, cost-conscious and effective attention to your case and your concerns. As a boutique regional labor, employment and HR law firm, Wessels Sherman is able to provide our clients with the kind of personalized attention that big law firms rarely deliver.  Many of our clients come to us from “big law” to say that we give them exceptional legal advice and representation, without the big firm fees.

If faced with an EEOC or similar federal or state agency charge, whether it involves claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or any threat of such a charge, let us show you why Wessels Sherman is the best choice to help defend you and your company. Our attorneys are always happy to look over any charge or complaint, initially free of charge, to discuss what we can do for you and provide you with a reasonable idea of costs. We are not shy. Just the opposite – we are confident you cannot find a better employment defense law firm, period.