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Federal Courts Are Expanding Title VII Protections to Transgender Status and Sexual Orientation

Federal Courts Are Expanding Title VII Protections to Transgender Status and Sexual Orientation

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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination “because of . . . sex.” 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a) (2012 Since its enactment, the Supreme Court has interpreted Title VII expansively to prohibit not only discrimination based on gender, but also same-sex sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender stereotypes. Nevertheless, the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the issue of whether discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender status violates Title VII.


Categories Employment Law


How is the Duty to Defend Determined in Insurance Coverage Cases?

How is the Duty to Defend Determined in Insurance Coverage Cases?

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One of the most important considerations in insurance coverage cases is determining whether an insurance company has a duty to defend and a duty to indemnify its insured. But how is this determination of insurance coverage made?


Categories Insurance Litigation Defense


Kristin Dvorsky Tauras Named a Partner at McKenna Storer

Kristin Dvorsky Tauras Named a Partner at McKenna Storer

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McKenna Storer is pleased to announce the naming of attorney Kristin Dvorsky Tauras as its newest partner. Kristin combines a client-oriented focus with highly developed skills as a litigator to achieve an impressive record of success. She will continue to concentrate her practice at McKenna in employment law, professional liability litigation defense and commercial litigation.

Her new roles as partner in the firm will permit her to continue to apply her knowledge and talents to representing clients in appellate work in the Appellate Court and Supreme Court of Illinois and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. She also advocates for the interests of her clients at hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and at the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission.

  • Kristin has successfully represented clients in a broad range of complex matters, including:
  • Defense against employee claims of unlawful termination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, FMLA and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
  • Defense of companies, religious and not-for-profit organizations against claims of negligent hiring, retention or supervision of employees;
  • Defense of companies against claims of overtime and other pay violations under the Illinois Wage Claim Act and Federal Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Defense of professionals against claims of medical, legal and accounting malpractice;
  • Consumer fraud defense on behalf of business entities and individuals against allegations of violations of state Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act and civil RICO claims; and
  • Briefing and arguing appeals in state and federal courts in cases involving professional negligence, fraud, tortious conduct and premises liability claims.

Her accomplishments on behalf of the clients she represents along with her knowledge of the law and professionalism have been recognized by her peers who have given her the highest possible peer-review rating of AV Preeminent through Martindale-Hubbell.

Kristin received her Juris Doctor from DePaul University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Illinois and various federal courts. She is a member of the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

When not actively representing the interests of the clients who depend upon her for legal advice, guidance and experienced litigation defense, Kristin is a prolific author. She has written on such diverse topics as the Department of Labor policies regarding summer employment of unpaid interns, how motor carriers can avoid issues with DOT medical exams and ADA compliance, how employers can avoid legal issues during a working interview, and the law as it applies to service animals and the ADA.

McKenna Storer is a Chicago corporate law firm dedicated to providing a broad spectrum of legal services. Its award-winning and top-rated attorneys have been servicing the needs of businesses and individuals for more than 60 years. Whether providing knowledgeable and innovative solution-oriented advice and guidance or aggressive, hard-hitting litigation defense, clients in need of superior legal counsel for insurance defense, commercial litigation, corporate advisory services, data privacy and security, bankruptcy and estate planning, the partners and associates at McKenna Storer have earned the respect of their peers. The firm is ranked among the top corporate law firms in the U.S. by Martindale-Hubbell and by Fortune Magazine. Ten of the firm’s attorneys have achieved peer review ratings through Martindale-Hubbell of AV Preeminent, and more than 50 percent of the firm’s attorneys have positive peer review ratings.


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Department of Labor Relaxes the “Unpaid Intern Test” in time for Summer Employment.

Department of Labor Relaxes the “Unpaid Intern Test” in time for Summer Employment.

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This is the season when employers are finalizing their plans for summer interns. The summer internship gives students experience in the working world and the company is provided the opportunity to get to know the student prior to extending post-graduation employment offers.


Categories Employment Law


Why There Will Be No Data Breach Notification Letters Following The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Incident

Why There Will Be No Data Breach Notification Letters Following The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica Incident

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There are many questions surrounding the actions of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, including whether this incident is considered a data breach. There has been some debate on this issue.


Categories Privacy and Data Security Litigation


Does the DOT Medical Exam Violate the ADA: 4 Ways Motor Carriers Can Comply with Both

Does the DOT Medical Exam Violate the ADA: 4 Ways Motor Carriers Can Comply with Both

When hiring or recruiting drivers, commercial truck driving companies must walk a tightrope between not violating the Department of Transportation’s health standards for long-haul truck drivers (DOT Regulations)


Categories Commercial Transportation Law Employment Law


What Employers Need to Know About the Legal Obligations of the Working Interview

What Employers Need to Know About the Legal Obligations of the Working Interview

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The typical job applicant will put their credentials on a job application or resume and the employer has to decipher through the job interview and background review process whether the credentials accurately reflect the applicant’s abilities and maybe more importantly, whether the applicant is a good fit for the company.

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Categories Employment Law


Motor Carriers May Be Liable for State Unemployment Taxes for Trucking Independent Contractors in Illinois and Elsewhere

Motor Carriers May Be Liable for State Unemployment Taxes for Trucking Independent Contractors in Illinois and Elsewhere

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Consider these facts: an over-the-road truck driver signs an independent contractor operating agreement with a national trucking company to transport freight. Later, the over-the-road truck driver accidentally hits a utility pole, causing property damage to the owner of the trailer, and leading to termination of the independent contractor operating agreement.

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Categories Commercial Transportation Law


6 Data Security Compliance Lessons from the VTech-FTC Settlement

6 Data Security Compliance Lessons from the VTech-FTC Settlement

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On January 8, 2018, VTech Electronics Limited (VTech) agreed to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that the company violated U.S. children’s privacy law. As part of the settlement, VTech agreed to pay a $650,000 civil penalty, refrain from further violation of the law, and implement a comprehensive data security compliance program.


Categories Privacy and Data Security Litigation


Service Animals and the Americans With Disabilities Act

Service Animals and the Americans With Disabilities Act

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We often see people with service dogs on the street, in the stores, and on trains and it appears as if the number is growing. People with disabilities use a service dog in order to fully participate in everyday life. Service animals perform tasks such as helping a vision impaired individual get around, to alerting a hearing loss person of what is out of sight, to providing physical stability to ambulate to even helping a person during a medical crises.


Categories Employment Law


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