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Illinois Retaliation Claims Lawyers

A claim of retaliation in the workplace for complaining about discrimination can be costly and time consuming to defend against for public and private employers. The Chicago area retaliation claims attorneys at The Sotos Law Firm, P.C., have handled a wide variety of employment retaliation cases over the years and fully understand the nuance involved in ferreting out the facts of these claims. Through aggressive investigations, we are able to determine the veracity of the charges and develop an effective response.

Illinois Whistleblower Defense Attorney

Any claim of discrimination can lead to a claim of retaliation. Employees who claim they were discriminated against on account of race, sex, religion, politics, age or disability commonly include a claim alleging that they were retaliated against for complaining about discrimination. Such claims are frequently brought against private employers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. sec. 2000(e) (et. seq.), and against public employers under both Title VII and 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983. While Title VII contains statutory caps on the amount of damages that can be awarded to private sector employees in Title VII claims, claims against public sector employers under section 1983 do not have any caps on the amount of damages that can be assessed.

Currently there are 21 whistleblower protection statutes that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) administers. These statutes prohibit the termination or retaliation in any manner against an employee for exercising his or her rights under the OSH act. This includes participating in inspections, testifying in any proceedings related to an inspection or reporting any work-related injury, illness or death.

The False Claims Act assists the government in fighting fraud and provides monetary reward for someone who initiates a successful qui tam suit. Federal laws known as whistleblower laws carry protections for these individuals. One such protection is that, by law the person bringing the qui tam suit must be represented by an attorney, and the suit must be filed under a sealed docket kept by the clerk of the court. Thus, defending against them can be very complicated and drawn-out.

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Claims of retaliation are increasing in number, and each one requires a thorough review of all extenuating circumstances surrounding it. The independent investigation team at The Sotos Law Firm has a reputation of fairness and integrity in performing sensitive, confidential investigations and reporting its findings. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.

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The firm is led by James Sotos, who possesses over twenty-five years of experience representing public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels. During that time, Jim has distinguished himself as one of a handful of attorneys who has argued two cases in the United States Supreme Court, and he has achieved an enviable rate of success in the arena of Illinois governmental litigation. Jim enjoys Lexis-Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell's preeminent AV peer review rating and has been recognized both as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by "Law and Politics" and the publishers of Chicago Magazine and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Jim also lectures and publishes frequently on government liability and ethics and writes the weekly column "In Federal Courts" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Jeffrey N. Given

Jeff began his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago where he engaged in commercial and constitutional litigation. Jeff left Kirkland to establish a successful entrepreneurial business before returning to the practice of law at the City of Chicago Law Department. Jeff served seven of his ten years at the Law Department as the Chief Assistant responsible for managing all aspects of the City's representation in litigation alleging misconduct by the Chicago Police Department. Jeff graduated cum laude from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington, Indiana in 1983. During law school, Jeff was selected for law review and was awarded the ABA Annual Award for best performances in Land Use and Local Government law courses. Jeff graduated cum laude with distinction in major from Carleton College in 1978 where he earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies.

Caroline Jamieson Golden

Before joining The Sotos Law Firm, Carrie was a partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg where she worked in the commercial litigation department for seven years. She also brings with her valuable experience from internships at the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois and for the Honorable Ann C. Williams, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Carrie graduated from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 1992. While in law school, Carrie earned the prestigious position of DePaul Law Review Editor. Carrie's academic excellence in law school earned her membership in the Order of the Coif. She also received American Jurisprudence awards in Procedure and Evidence. Carrie graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Finance.


John has been representing the interests of law enforcement since 1994, when he started as a law clerk with the Office of the Legal Advisor for the Boston Police Department. John is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, after having been accepted as a third year visiting student by Chicago-Kent College of Law. After graduation, John worked with Russell Hartigan & Associates in Chicago where he engaged in municipal, civil rights, and insurance defense, having successfully tried several cases to verdict. After working with two other attorneys from Hartigan & Associates for a short time in a start up firm, John joined Jim Sotos in 2000. John has been a regular presenter on liability risk issues for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police since 2009, and recently lectured on the topic of recent trends in qualified immunity at the Illinois Midwest Police and Security Expo held in Peoria, Illinois in August, 2011. John is also a 1993 graduate of DePaul University College of Commerce, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics.