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  • Communication

    The latest posts for Communication are listed below.
    • 3 Rules of Communication for Every Leader

      I have a good friend who is a strong and effective communicator in person. When it comes to email, however, she is downright rude. Sometimes her emails cross well into nasty territory. We have worked together on charitable boards and I have seen first-hand how alienating her email correspondence can be. It was through working with her that I learned my number one communication rule: Tough ...

    Employment Law

    The latest posts for Employment Law are listed below.
    • Three Contracts EVERY Small Business Needs

      Starting a new business is an exciting – but difficult and expensive – process. While it is important for small and new businesses to be cost conscious, there are three contracts that are essential for EVERY small business, and these contracts won’t break the bank. An Operating Agreement (or a Founders/Partnership Agreement ) is critical for every business, regardless of how small. An operating ...
    • 3 Workplace Policies Every Employer Should Have

      When a business first starts hiring employees, workplace policies are not typically a business owner’s first concern. The primary concern is making sure the employee knows how to get the job done. Hopefully, a job description is well thought out and at least some training is provided. Even though it’s not usually the first concern, having workplace policies is a critical risk management measure ...
    • Can Using an Emoji Land You in Court?

      Take a minute and glance at your text messages, peruse social media, review your emails (both professional and personal). It’s almost certain that you’ll find little emojis littered throughout an otherwise dry or short communique. Emojis, or those little digital images formerly known as “emoticons,” were born in order to help provide more meaning and tone to the unfeeling landscape that is our ...

    Firm News

    The latest posts for Firm News are listed below.
    • Attorney Kristen Prinz Recognized as One of the Most Influential Women Lawyers by Crain's Chicago Business

      The Prinz Law Firm is thrilled to announce our very own Attorney Kristen Prinz has been recognized as one of 2017’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. This incredible honor highlights Attorney Prinz’s sincere dedication to her clients, colleagues, and community. Recognized amongst 60 women, this award is only distributed to women lawyers who were ...
    • Are There Hidden Meanings in Your Office's Communications?

      My husband complains that I am too focused on reading between the lines when it comes to communications with extended family members. I believe it’s a side effect of my job, but maybe it’s what attracted me to law in the first place. When someone mentions how busy I am, I assume they really mean that I’m too focused on work and not being a good enough mom, wife, sister, daughter, etc. Logically, I ...
    • Top 3 Reasons Why Women are Great Negotiators

      I’m really sick of reading how women need to change our tone or our style or our language, or anything for that matter, in negotiations. In honor of International Women’s Day earlier this week, I want to call out a bogus stereotype, that women are bad negotiators. Some of the best negotiators I know are women. And, I would bet that almost any man who is married to a woman would agree. Growing up, ...

    Wage Gap

    The latest posts for Wage Gap are listed below.
    • Can Transparency Lead to Equal Pay?

      Oracle America, Inc. is being sued by the Department of Labor over allegations that it pays white men more than its equivalent female, African American and Asian employees. The lawsuit also alleges that Oracle discriminates against non-Asian applicants in its hiring practices, and favors hiring Asian employees for technical roles. The lawsuit is related to Oracle’s federal contracts. Federal ...
    • Attorney Kristen Prinz Quoted in Huffington Post Pay Equality Article

      It was recently announced that Harriet Tubman will appear on the U.S. $20 dollar bill—but does finally having a woman on our paper currency make up for the fact the women in our workforce are still paid less than men? That is the question at the heart of Finance Expert Terry Savage's Huffington Post piece "Currency in your Pocket Counts Most." Savage turned to Attorney Kristen Prinz for insight on ...
    • Equal Pay Day: Why Men Should Be Out Front in the Fight For Equal Pay

      Today, Tuesday, April 12, is this year’s Equal Pay Day. It’s the day into the new year when a woman finally has earned the same amount of money a man made last year. Even in 2016, women have to work an extra 100 days to reach pay parity with men. Why are we still struggling with this issue? There are laws in the U.S. against pay disparity. But laws are only as effective as the people who are ...

    Wrongful Termination

    The latest posts for Wrongful Termination are listed below.
    • How Do I Prove That My Employer Retaliated Against Me?

      If you were discriminated against in the workplace and took action or reported illegal conduct on the part of your employer, the law prohibits your employer from retaliating against you. Despite this protection, many employers still seek to punish employees who stand up for their rights and, surprisingly, more than a third of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity ...
    • Pregnancy Discrimination: Do You Know Your Rights?

      Women have experienced a long history of being treated unfairly in the workplace due to pregnancy and, in an effort to combat this unfair practice, federal, state and local laws have been passed. Pregnant and post-natal residents of Illinois are protected by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Illinois Pregnancy Accommodation amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IPA). ...
    • Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Termination

      When taking legal action against a former employer in a wrongful termination suit, the monetary award you receive are often referred to as “damages.” It’s important to note, however, that these types of cases typically do not result in huge lump sums of cash – the main purpose of these damages is to make the plaintiff whole. In this blog, our Chicago employment lawyer discusses the damages you can ...
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