Electric cars are all the rage and that makes sense. They are new. They are cool. And with the high cost of gas they make economic sense for many people in the long run. And they are getting better and better every year.

I’m not an Elon Musk fan, so I’d never buy a Tesla, but I would like to buy one of the other great electric cars on the market some day. I’m not a huge “car guy” but do like the idea of buying something environmentally friendly. And the electric cars I’ve been in, including Teslas, are very cool.

What I never thought about Teslas until recently was how fast they are. I met an engineer for Rivian, which is an electric vehicle company focusing on trucks and SUV’s, who explained to me how these cars really work.

What he told me was that some versions of Tesla and Rivian are actually as fast or faster than pretty much any car on the road including Lamborghinis. The Model S Tesla can go zero to sixty in 2.07 seconds. That is really fast.

What we have started to see and will see more as more people take possession of the Teslas they’ve ordered is a lot of car accidents caused by people going at an excessive speed. I’ve seen teens driving these vehicles which makes sense because teens want cars that are cool and fun. I’m sure a lot of them like that the Tesla can make fart noises. But I question if they are truly prepared and trained to drive a car that can go so fast in such a short period of time.

Of course these cars can be driven safely, but high speed leads to many accidents. So while we’ve all heard about deaths and accidents from the self driving feature of Tesla, I think that the great majority of accidents where the Tesla driver is at fault will be due to excessive speed situations.

We’ve helped thousands of people who have been in car accidents. For someone who has a catastrophic injury such as death, brain damage, paralysis, etc., it may make sense to not only sue a negligent driver, but also to sue Tesla (or whoever the auto maker is for negligent product design.

If you’d like to speak with an attorney for free about your car accident, we are happy to talk to you. Please contact us any time at 312-346-5320.

For over 26 years we have helped thousands of people find the best attorney for their medical malpractice case. If you would like to speak to a lawyer for free please call us at 312-346-5320.

Winning a medical malpractice lawsuit in Illinois isn’t easy. People generally love doctors and understand that people do get sick. That said, there are standards of care in medicine that doctors must follow. When they don’t do it, a medical malpractice lawsuit will take place.

One of the most common lawsuits is for a failure to diagnose cancer. If a patient exhibits obvious warning signs and the doctor doesn’t act on their behalf, that is negligence. In most cases if the doctor delays the discovery of cancer by the patient for six months or more, it’s likely a good case. This is especially true when it comes to curable cancers like prostate cancer.

Some of the signs of prostate cancer include the following:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Urinating a lot
  • Weak and interrupted streams
  • Bone pain
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in urine or semen

If you have any of those symptoms and report them to a doctor, there are two tests they should do right away. The first would be a blood test and the second a rectal exam.

These are also the tests that should be performed on an annual exam, especially the blood test. When your blood is examined, they will look at your PSA level. That is a prostate specific number that indicates whether or not there are any problems with your prostate. The higher the number, the more likely it is that something is wrong. Normal for most men under 60 is less than four. If the number is near or above that, a rectal exam will be performed.

When doing the rectal exam, your doctor will feel your prostate. If it’s hard in any way, that’s a sure sign of cancer. With these two tests they can almost always tell if further intervention is needed and usually save your life.

Unfortunately we’ve seen cases where a patient had PSA levels 3-4 times more than the normal level and never have their doctor tell them it’s bad or do anything about it. If the patient is in the dark and their care is delayed, it greatly increases the chance of the cancer spreading.

We’ve talked to many people over the years who have Stage 3 or Stage 4 prostate cancer because their doctor didn’t do a basic part of the job. When that happens there likely is a lawsuit. These are sad situations, but we’ve been able to not only recover millions for our clients, but also help others avoid the same fate. Litigation does force doctors and hospitals to be more careful.

If you or a loved one has prostate cancer and would like to see if you might have a lawsuit, we’d be happy to help you. Contact us any time at 312-346-5320 to talk to an experienced lawyer. We help everywhere in Illinois.

If you are looking to see if you have a legal malpractice lawsuit or want to find an Illinois attorney who will sue another attorney, call us any time for free and in confidence at 312-346-5320.

We speak to people every week who want to sue their Illinois attorney. The most common complaint is against divorce and family law attorneys. That makes sense because those are emotional cases and if you don’t feel like your attorney is fighting for you, especially when they are charging you so much, you will be pissed.

Suing a divorce lawyer can be challenging. Generally speaking, you can’t sue them for judgment calls. In other words, if you wanted them to present a certain piece of evidence, but they determined it wasn’t a good idea, it’s likely not a lawsuit

On the other hand, there are some items that should be done that might not be aware of that if your lawyer doesn’t do could be legal malpractice. I’m talking about a failure to get an order forcing your spouse to take out a life insurance policy that could benefit you or your children.

Recently, a very prominent Chicago divorce attorney lost a trial and was ordered to pay his former client $1 million for failing to secure life insurance for her from her ex. They had special need kids and the life insurance was protection for them and their costs in case something happened to him. As luck would have it, her ex husband would die shortly after the divorce. Even prominent, good attorneys can screw up.

I talked to three experienced divorce attorneys after this case came out. They all agreed that life insurance is something that should be insisted on. One bluntly stated that it’s fairly standard that you get life insurance to secure child support and related expenses. He also said that it’s something that should happen if there’s an order for maintenance (alimony).

This is one of those situations for clients that you don’t know what you don’t know. But if you were involved in a divorce case where life insurance wasn’t secured, you may have a legal malpractice lawsuit.

Few things to know:

  1. There are time limits for suing an attorney in Illinois for legal malpractice. You must sue your attorney within two years of when you knew or reasonably should have known that malpractice might have occurred, but no more than six years from when it did.
  2. The lawyers we know who sue other Illinois attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means there is no fee unless they are successful.
  3. We will consider suing divorce lawyers in Illinois for other issues that cause financial harm such as failure to get you a share of your spouse’s pension or business.

If you would like to speak with an experienced lawyer for free about suing your attorney, you can call us any time at 312-346-5320.

When people call us for an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer referral, we want to find them the best one for their case. When it comes to Illinois medical malpractice lawsuits, there are a lot of lawyers who say that they handle those cases, but the reality is very few can show a real track record of success with them.

That’s because these cases are complex and very expensive (don’t worry, it won’t cost you anything, the lawyers we work with advance all the costs and only get paid if they win). Insurance companies fight these cases very hard. The best lawyers give you the best chance of winning and obtaining the most money. There are probably less than ten law firms in Illinois who continuously get multi-million dollar results for their clients.

As part of our role in finding the best lawyer for you, we first assess the case facts including what happened, who the potential defendant is, what the potential damages are, is there anything unique about the case and what is important to you. When we ask people what is important to them, some will talk about geographic concerns. The good news is you will almost never have to travel to get a great lawyer.

Another issue that is important to people is making sure the lawyer can speak their language. This should never be a worry, especially if you are looking for a Spanish speaking lawyer. The best medical malpractice law firms in Chicago that we know all have Spanish speaking attorneys on staff. They also have multiple staff members who can speak Spanish. In other words, you won’t have to rely on a family member to translate for you or need hope that you understand what they are saying.

In my opinion, especially when you have a good case, you shouldn’t have to compromise on lawyer quality just to feel more comfortable because they speak your language. And the good news is that you don’t have to. So if you would like a free consultation to discuss a case, please call us any time at 312-346-5320.

Los mejores abogados de habla hispana en Chicago

Cuando las personas nos llaman para una referencia de un abogado de negligencia médica en Illinois, queremos encontrarles el mejor para su caso. Cuando se trata de demandas por negligencia médica en Illinois, hay muchos abogados que dicen que manejan esos casos, pero la realidad es que muy pocos pueden mostrar un historial real de éxito con ellos.

Eso es porque estos casos son complejos y muy costosos (no se preocupe, no le costará nada, los abogados con los que trabajamos adelantan todos los costos y solo cobran si ganan). Las compañías de seguros luchan muy duro en estos casos. Los mejores abogados le brindan la mejor oportunidad de ganar y obtener la mayor cantidad de dinero. Probablemente hay menos de diez bufetes de abogados en Illinois que continuamente obtienen resultados multimillonarios para sus clientes.

Como parte de nuestro papel en la búsqueda del mejor abogado para usted, primero evaluamos los hechos del caso, incluido lo que sucedió, quién es el posible acusado, cuáles son los posibles daños, si hay algo único en el caso y qué es importante para usted. Cuando le preguntamos a la gente qué es importante para ellos, algunos hablarán de preocupaciones geográficas. La buena noticia es que casi nunca tendrá que viajar para conseguir un gran abogado.

Otro tema que es importante para las personas es asegurarse de que el abogado pueda hablar su idioma. Esto nunca debería ser una preocupación, especialmente si está buscando un abogado que hable español. Los mejores bufetes de abogados especializados en negligencia médica en Chicago que conocemos cuentan con abogados que hablan español en su personal. También tienen varios miembros del personal que pueden hablar español. En otras palabras, no tendrá que depender de un miembro de la familia para que le traduzca o esperar que entienda lo que está diciendo.

En mi opinión, especialmente cuando tiene un buen caso, no debería comprometer la calidad de los abogados solo para sentirse más cómodo porque hablan su idioma. Y la buena noticia es que no tienes que hacerlo. Entonces, si desea una consulta gratuita para discutir un caso, llámenos en cualquier momento al 312-346-5320.

I get calls all of the time from people who know in their heart that they are right. Maybe they know their boss discriminated against them. Perhaps it’s that their loved one was killed by medical malpractice. For others they need no convincing that a neighbor caused damage to their property. I almost never doubt that they are right.

All that said, it’s one thing to know in your heart something is true, but another thing to have that belief be found true in a court of law. To do that you need actual evidence. You can know that your boss is racist, but if you don’t have proof that you were treated differently due to race, you won’t have a case. That can be hard because most people aren’t stupid enough to say something like, “I’m firing you because you are black.”

As a lawyer, I had two experiences this past summer that showed the importance of proof at times and how we often don’t have the proof we need because we don’t think it will be necessary or are told something that isn’t true.

I was lucky enough to get to travel to Europe for a vacation. The trip was amazing, but there were some small hiccups. I was in Paris and taking a Eurostar train to London. The train was set to leave at 1:11 p.m. We arrived before noon and waited in a long line. As we got toward the front, they were not letting people through security and told us that our train was delayed. Eventually they gave us a piece of paper with a new train car assignment for a train that was leaving at around 3:15 p.m.

A Eurostar employee told us that they have a policy that if your train is delayed by more than 60 minutes, you get half your fare back. That would never happen in the US so we were happy to hear that. The employee told us that all we had to do was go online after 24 hours and fill out a form. Sounded simple enough. I went online two days later, tried to fill out the form and it came back that I was not eligible for compensation. Tried again a week later, same thing. So I submitted a customer service inquiry. Took a few weeks, but eventually they came back and said that according to their records, I made the original train.

I told them what their employee had told me and how we were given a paper slip to board the new train. They told me that they needed to see that slip or some other proof or they couldn’t provide a refund. Now my original ticket was electronic and of course we didn’t save a paper slip. Nor did we take video of the employee telling us about the new train or anything else that would prove what happened. We of course didn’t think that would be needed.

So now I won’t get a refund. It’s too small to sue over. So I have to move on as I don’t have the proof they want. It’s dumb and really just principle now.  But even I as a lawyer didn’t think about getting proof so I certainly don’t blame anyone else that doesn’t have it. We take people at their word which of course makes sense.

The second situation was worse, but worked out financially at least. I bought tickets on Stub Hub Ireland for a Premier League game. I’ve used Stub Hub hundreds of times in the US without problem and one thing I like about them is their “Fan Protect” guarantee which basically implies that your tickets are guaranteed to be good and they will solve any problem that comes up.

I turns out that the ticket I received was a fake. I learned this when I presented it to the ticket taker at the stadium. They sent me to the box office who confirmed the ticket was fake. As a side note, Stub Hub isn’t nearly as big in Europe and some soccer clubs warn you not to buy through them. I tried calling the toll free number on their website, but there was no answer. All I could do was fill out a form. So I missed that game which truly sucked.

I didn’t hear back from them until the following week. In what was a theme for my vacation, they wanted proof that I didn’t have a good ticket. They said I should have filmed myself trying to enter the stadium or talking to the box office. Uhm, what? I’m a 50 year old man, not a kid who films their life. And of course I wasn’t expecting the ticket to be a fake, so I of course didn’t film anything. I did, however, email them in real time, call the US Stub Hub (they can’t help on international sales) and try to call them.

It worked out financially because I was able to contest it with my credit card. Had I needed to sue, my only proof would have been my testimony. Would that have been enough? I don’t know.

The bottom line is that you need proof to win a civil lawsuit in Illinois or anywhere, but the reality is that most of us don’t think about suing in the moment so we fail to get rock solid proof that will help us.

We are experienced Illinois attorneys. Since 2001, we have helped thousands of nurses find the best attorney for their case. If you would like to speak to a lawyer for free, please contact us any time at 312-346-5320.

There probably isn’t a more honorable, salt of the earth job out there than being a nurse. The nature of just about every nurse we meet is so kind, caring and selfless. They help people every day and really make the lives of so many people better.

Legally, nurses face unique challenges at times. Due to the nature of their work, many legal issues can arise. We’ll get calls asking us, “Who is the best lawyer for nurses in Illinois?”

The answer is nobody is “the best.” It depends on what legal situation you are facing.

If you need a lawyer to defend you before the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations, the right attorney for you will be someone who has many years of experience and a track record of helping nurses in those cases. These are niche cases that not many lawyers handle. So if you are accused of drug theft or your license is at risk because you got arrested for a DUI or if a patient has accused you of something, you need to know that there are probably around ten attorneys in Illinois who exclusively handle IDFPR cases. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other attorneys out there who dabble in these cases. It means that the best ones are a limited amount of people. Those are the lawyers who increase your chance of success because odds are nothing you are going through they haven’t seen before.

On the other hand, if you injure your back lifting a patient, you need a work comp lawyer which is a completely different attorney that IDFPR. There are hundreds of Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys, but you want one who has been doing it for at least ten years and knows the ins and outs of what nurses face on their jobs. This is important in making sure you get all the benefits you are entitled to and that you get the maximum settlement possible. Them truly knowing your job and understanding what you have to do will protect you when it comes to returning to work after medical care.

And if you are at risk of being fired, you need a labor lawyer that understands what nurses go through. Why you are being let go is important. Often we see nurses retaliated against for reporting Medicare fraud or other illegal activities. You might need not just a labor lawyer, but someone who can protect you as a whistleblower. Other times nurses are asked to do things that they are not allowed to do by law such as sign off on charts that have false information. They need an attorney in their corner who can protect them and won’t have to learn the law as they go.

And while these are the three most common legal situations for nurses, there are of course others. The bottom line is that you want the best attorney for what you are going through. If you’d like our free recommendation as to who you should work with, please get in touch any time. We help everywhere in Illinois.

One of the challenges of being an attorney who gives advice for free is that many people have a perception of the law and how lawsuits work that don’t jive with reality. It can make it difficult to get people to accept the reality of their case and what can and can’t be done for them.

This comes up a lot when it comes to suing big companies. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say something like, “I’ve called a bunch of lawyers and all of them are afraid to sue Amazon.” You could change the name of the company to Walmart or American Airlines or Yellow Freight or any other big company and the perception of some people will always be that they are too big and powerful to sue.

The reality is that no lawyer I know is afraid of suing a big company and in fact, in most cases, it makes taking on a case more appealing. That’s because when you sue Amazon or some other multi-billion dollar organization, you don’t have to worry about them having the money to pay off a judgment if you win. Compare that to suing a mom-and-pop bookstore that could go out of business with a lawsuit.

Attorneys love money, so if they think they can get money by suing, they will. Those companies may be big. They may have lots of lawyers. But what they can’t do is change case facts. If the facts of your case are strong, no attorney will worry about the size or “strength” of a company.

Typically when I hear someone say this it will be a situation when someone is fired from a company unfairly, but not illegally. Attorneys can’t help them because there is no law being broken. For example, if your boss fires you because you got mad that they changed your schedule after you told them you can’t work nights, that would not likely be a good lawsuit. But people convince themselves that they have a great case, even when multiple attorneys have told them they do not. Often friends or family members are telling them to get a lawyer when they aren’t aware of what the law actually is.

We don’t work for corporations. We help individuals and have been doing that since 2001. We’ve helped people sue just about any company you can think of when they have a good case. So what I can promise you is that if you want a free consultation with a lawyer who will give you an honest opinion, we are happy to help. And there will never be a company we are “afraid” of because there is nothing to be afraid of. Call us any time at 312-346-5320 if you want to discuss your case.

We all know that car accidents occur every day. When you are injured and not at fault, dealing with an insurance company can be a whole new world and it can be stressful. Many insurance companies use this difficult time to take advantage of people. For them, it’s a business decision as they focus on their bottom line. They look for ways to reduce the amount that they are legally obligated to pay.

Here are five tricks we’ve seen over the years in helping people find the best Illinois car accident lawyer for their case:

1. They act like they are your best buddy: Most insurance adjusters are given scripts to use to guide what they say to you. Studies have shown that if they act nice to you, you will let them take advantage of you. Their goal is to gain your trust and make you think they are on your side. It’s a con. They are not looking out for you. They are looking out for themselves. In fact, many insurance adjusters get bonuses based on how much money they can save the company by not paying out claims.

2. They follow you on your social media: Insurance companies are looking for any reason to deny your case or reduce your benefits. They will be looking at your Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc. to see if you are posting anything that can create a defense for them. You should never discuss your case or injuries and shouldn’t be seen doing anything that could indicate you aren’t as hurt as you say you are. This is a form of legal surveillance. They are going to see what you did for fun before your accident and argue that could be the real cause of your injuries. It’s shameful, but allowed.

3. They will ask you to give a recorded statement: It’s not unusual for an insurance adjuster to say something like, “In order to process your claim, we need to record a statement from you to obtain details about the accident.” They imply that it’s required. It’s not and you absolutely shouldn’t give one. They will ask you questions that are scripted in a way to trip you up or misinterpret what you actually mean. They also will try to get you to say something incorrect and twist that to make you seem like a liar. The bottom line is you don’t have to give a recorded statement and shouldn’t.

4. They will ask for access to all of your medical records: Often the insurance company will send you a lot of paperwork which includes authorization to obtain medical records. The release will grant them access to any medical records that you’ve ever had. They don’t have a right to that. They can see records that relate to your accident and injury. But they don’t have a right to look at records that aren’t a part of your accident at all such as pregnancy records, cancer treatment, psychological care, etc. They are hoping to go on a fishing expedition to come up with a bogus reason to deny your case. Don’t let them.

5. They will try to get you to take a quick settlement: It’s not uncommon now to get a call from someone who was injured in a car accident a week ago to call us and relay that the insurance company offered a settlement already. Their goal is to get you to close out your case while you still need medical care. They are hoping that your inexperience will work against you and save them a ton of money. It’s probably the scummiest thing that they do and if you agree to it, they might be able to enforce a settlement even if you change your mind once you learn your rights.

The bottom line is that they are looking out for themselves and not you. If you have been hurt in a car accident and want to talk to an attorney for free, you can contact us any time ta 312-346-5320. We help everywhere in Illinois.

Every winter in Illinois we see an uptick in calls for people injured in a slip and fall. Those can be tough cases to win, but ultimately the case facts determine the result. These cases happen year round and are covered under an area called premises liability.

Premises liability rules encourage landowners to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. The rules also compensate people who are injured as a result of the landowners’ negligence.  The key is that they have to be negligent. Premises liability rules also apply to businesses who rent commercial property (in other words, occupants). For example, Jewel-Osco may rent space in a strip mall and not own the property the store sits on. However, they are still required to keep their store in a reasonably safe condition. (To keep things simple, we will use the term “landowner,” assuming it includes occupants/businesses that rent space.)

There are different duties or standards required of landowners based on the type of visitors who are on the premises. The two types or visitors are invitees and trespassers.

Invitee: If a person if invited or welcomed on the premises for business, the landowner has a duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition. This does not mean the customer has to have a formal invitation, of course. Walmart, for example, wants people to come into their store and buy food, clothing, etc. Most people are invitees in most situations.

Trespasser: If a person is not welcome on a landowner’s property, the landowner still has a responsibility to refrain from a reckless disregard of the safety of others. In other words, they can’t intentionally be careless or cause harm. A trespasser isn’t always someone committing a crime. It could be as simple as a kid who runs on to your property to get the ball they accidentally threw in to your yard.

If an invitee or trespasser is injured on a landowner’s property, and they can prove that the landowner failed to meet the duty required, that landowner may be on the hook to pay for their medical bills, lost wages, future medical care, etc. For example, if they knew there was a hole in their yard and covered it with leaves, they could be responsible. If Jewel knows that a freezer is leaking and you slip on a wet floor as a result, they could be held responsible.

Typically, the landowner has insurance and the insurance company will make the payout. Insurance companies, however, are not usually eager to cooperate and meet all of the injured person’s demands and will look for ways to deny your claim. Quite often they will turn you down without justification. That’s where a premises liability attorney comes into play.

Slip and falls aren’t the only type of premises liability lawsuit out there. Others include:

  • Porch Collapses – Especially in Chicago, there are a lot of older buildings with porches, many that were poorly designed or are not maintained. Every year people get seriously injured when the porches collapse. We find a lot that the wood has rotted and nobody did anything about it.
  • Inadequate Security – Some buildings have doormen who let people in the building that shouldn’t be there. Other times there are broken gates or locks that don’t work. If you get attacked or injured due to this negligence, you could have a case.
  • Dog Bites – While most dogs are great, some are dangerous. Property owners can be liable for bites and attacks by their animals.
  • Fires – Not every fire is the fault of a building owner. But if it happens due to poor electrical wiring or an injury occurs because there are no smoke detectors, then it’s really likely the building owner is negligent and can be sued.

Hiring a reputable and experienced premises liability lawyer can make a huge difference on whether the insurance company will pay, how much the settlement will be, and how quickly the injured person can receive a settlement. These attorneys work on a contingency basis, so the client pays them nothing upfront. The attorney receives a portion of the settlement that they obtain for their client. The typical fee is 1/3 of what is recovered.

One unique point about premises liability law in Illinois addresses ice and snow. The owner or occupant of a property is not required to remove ice or snow resulting from natural accumulations. It is not realistic to expect property owners to keep all areas where people walk clear from ice and snow constantly during the winter months. In order to have a successful ice and snow injury claim, the plaintiff has to prove they were injured as a result of unnatural accumulations. An example of that would be if ice gathered in an area that fell off of an awning or downspout.

We know that Illinois premises liability law can be a bit confusing. If you have any questions, contact us and we would be happy to hear about your unique situation and offer you some free advice. And if needed, we will refer you to a lawyer with a track record of success in winning these cases. All calls are free and confidential.

We are experienced Illinois attorneys who will talk to you for free. If you would like to speak with a lawyer in confidence, call us any time at 312-346-5320.

One of the greatest cons that exists in this world is how corporations get away with theft. If you go in to a store and steal an item of clothing that costs $50, you will get arrested and charged with retail theft. Yet employers steal billions from employees with wage theft every year and the worst thing that can happen to them is having to pay it back. And in most cases nothing happens at all.

So what is wage theft?

It’s pretty simple. It’s when your employer doesn’t pay you something you’ve earned. It happens with employers big and small and in so many different ways. Here are some real examples in Illinois that we’ve been able to help with:

  • A restaurant was only paying servers their tips and never giving a paycheck.
  • Automatically taking out 30-60 minutes a work day for a meal break even when the employee isn’t actually taking one. In Illinois breaks must be at least 30 minutes to be permissibly unpaid.
  • Underpayment of work. Some employers, often restaurants, will provide what is called shift pay. Meaning they will say we are going to pay you $X per shift. Often it’s something like three hours of pay even if you are there 6-8 hours. It’s very illegal.
  • Non-payment for work off the clock. Many employers will ask you to do work before or after you’ve clocked in. This could be responding to work related calls or emails after hours. It could be mandatory work before you clock in. It could be for work related travel time. If you don’t get paid or overtime then they are stealing from you.
  • Off the clock straight time work. We see this a lot with landscapers or other jobs where they pay you cash but not overtime and don’t document your actual hours worked.
  • Misclassification. Often workers are classified as independent contractors when that’s b.s. If the company has control over you, you are an employee. They do this to avoid paying taxes and to make it so they can pay you a flat rate for your work instead of following wage laws.
  • “Boot up cases.” This happens a lot in call centers and other jobs that use computers. You have to “boot up” your computer before work can actually start. So maybe your shift pay starts at 9 a.m. but they also want you to work right at 9. So they require you to get your computer ready 5-10 minutes before but don’t pay you for that time.
  • And of course there is tip theft which is one of the biggest. Employers will take pooled tips and give them to workers that shouldn’t get them like managers or take the tips for things like employee meals, charity events, etc. Even if they do nice things with it, it’s still your money and it’s still theft.

There are other examples too. Bottom line is that it’s illegal and they’ll never go to jail for it. But you can get this money back. If you’d like to speak with an employment lawyer in Chicago who can give you a free consultation, contact us any time to learn if you have a case and what steps can be taken.