Heyl Royster

Employment & Labor

Providing clients with the timeliest legal advice on the laws and regulations in the workplace.

Employers face more and more challenges running their businesses due to the vast number of laws and regulations governing the workplace. An incorrect decision today may cost an employer a tremendous amount of time and money in the future. Our Employment & Labor Practice provides a team approach to advising and defending employers. 

We defend employers in state and federal court and before administrative agencies handling all aspects of your case. In labor law, our attorneys represent employers in collective bargaining agreement negotiation and preparation, union grievances and arbitrations, and NLRB proceedings. The experience of the Heyl Royster team provides them with constant immersion in the laws and regulations impacting employers. The team prepares and reviews employment policies and procedures and provides training to management personnel.



  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)
  • Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Illinois Human Rights Act
  • Biometric Information Privacy Act 
  • Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
  • Minimum Wage Law
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues
  • One Day Rest in Seven Act
  • Personnel Records Review Act
  • Prevailing Wage Act 
  • Union grievances and arbitrations
  • Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA)
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN)
  • Administrative Agency processes and procedures
  • Non-compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants
  • Compensation, employment classification, prevailing wages, overtime, and bonus pay issues
  • Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation issues
  • Employment, Family, Medical, and Military leave issues
  • Negotiations of collective bargaining agreements and labor contract administration
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings



The employment and labor attorneys at Heyl Royster provide world-class and cost-effective legal services for clients involved in matters of employment and labor law. With a proven success record in all aspects of negotiations, mergers, and contracts, our clients can rest assured that their employment and labor endeavors will be given the proper and thorough legal representation that they deserve at Heyl Royster.

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Successfully obtained summary judgment for a municipality in litigation brought by a former employee alleging wrongful discharge, violation of his rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the Illinois Service Men's Employment Tenure Act, and asserting claims under Section 1983 for deprivation of his property and liberty interests.

Olander v. Compass Bank, 172 F. Supp. 2d 846 (S.D. Tex. 2001), aff'd, 44 Fed. Appx. 651 (5th Cir. 2002) – Trial of a non-compete agreement against former executive employee resulting in the return of $224,908 to the bank.

Pacer International et al. v. Cornerstone Systems, Inc., District Court, Harris County, Texas – Successful mid-trial settlement for plaintiff/client in non-compete and breach of fiduciary duty case.

Ford v. Global Marine Drilling Co., District Court, Harris County, Texas – Negotiated a voluntary dismissal, with prejudice, in a gender discrimination case the first day of trial.

City of Belleville v. Doe by Doe, 523 U.S. 1001, 118 S. Ct. 1183, 140 L. Ed. 2d 313 (1998) – Whether same sex harassment is actionable under Title 7.

Sun v. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 429 F. Supp. 2d 1002 (C.D. Ill. 2006), aff'd, 473 F.3d 799 (7th Cir. 2007) – Successfully obtained summary judgment for the University of Illinois in litigation brought by unsuccessful tenure applicant; included vacating a default judgment against defendants for failure to comply with discovery while represented by prior counsel.

Elliott v. Thomas, 937 F.2d 338 (7th Cir. 1991) – Application of qualified immunity for university officials in First Amendment Retaliatory Transfer claim.


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