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Sonya Rosenberg

Sonya Rosenberg is experienced in counseling and representing employers in various labor and employment-related matters. She provides advice to clients about various employee-based legal issues through the many stages of the employment relationship, from pre-hire to following separation. Sonya also represents employers in litigation, ranging from the successful defense of administrative charges, to lawsuits and appeals at the state and federal levels. She has given multiple presentations and authored multiple articles on various employment-related topics, including effective employment audit and risk management practices, discrimination and harassment, technology – including the effects of social media and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)– in the workplace, restrictive covenants, Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, workplace violence, conducting reductions in force and various notable developments in labor and employment law. 

In addition to her practice, Sonya is a firm delegate and member of the Leadership Team of the Coalition of Women Initiatives in Law, a non-profit association focused on supporting Chicago female attorneys, law firms and companies. She is also a member of the Chicago chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an international organization that supports global, national and local networks of women leaders in government, medicine, business, education, the arts and community service. At the firm, Sonya is a member of the Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Green Committee.

Sonya has been named a 2014 and 2013 Rising Star by the Illinois Super Lawyers, a distinction awarded to 2.5% of the practicing lawyers in the state of Illinois. In 2012, Sonya was named by Today’s Chicago Woman as one of the 100 Women to Watch.

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 2007), with honors
  • University of Chicago (B.A., 2002), with honors

Recent Representations

  • Represented a nationwide retailer in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit both at federal district court and appellate levels, and presented oral argument to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Seventh Circuit’s decision and opinion in favor of the retailer was extensively discussed and quoted in legal publications, including BNA’s Daily Labor Report, Bulletin to Management, and the Illinois Employment Law Letter.
  • Represented a division of an international investment bank in a gender discrimination and retaliation suit.
  • Represented a hedge fund, a food products company, and an international bank in age discrimination lawsuits.
  • Represented a construction company in a disability discrimination lawsuit.
  • Represented a finance executive in an arbitration over separation-related agreements and benefits.
  • Represented a national distributor of small store items in gender discrimination and harassment, disability discrimination, and workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuits.
  • Represented a national association in a lawsuit alleging defamation, invasion of privacy and interference with business expectancy.
  • Represented a national accounting firm in race and gender discrimination lawsuits.
  • Represented an international manufacturing and leasing company and a computer equipment company in non-compete lawsuits.
  • Represented a national manufacturer in wage and hour class action litigation.
  • Represented a national real estate company in a disability accommodation lawsuit.
  • Represented a national real estate developer in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and related claims, including breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel and misrepresentation.
  • Successfully defended various companies and organizations in numerous charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and parallel administrative state agencies alleging discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, religion, age, disabilities, marital status, and other protected categories.
  • Represented a nationwide, wholesale distributor of convenience store items in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Represented companies in OFCCP audit and compliance matters.
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