Free Counseling To Low Income and Elderly: Through our pro bono partnership with Prairie State Legal Services, our employment lawyers volunteer most weeks to provide employment related advice to low income and elderly Prairie State clients who have questions about issues such as their workplace rights, unemployment compensation, and whether they were unlawfully terminated. We also make financial contributions to Prairie State Legal Services.
Helping to End Hunger: David Fish for many years has served on the Advisory Board of Loaves & Fishes, a Naperville-based organization that helps to end hunger and help its clients improve their lives. To help in its important mission, we have donated thousands of dollars to help Loaves & Fishes with its quality programs.
Pro Bono Victory For Religious Freedom: After Chabad of Naperville, a local Jewish organization, was denied the right to place a Menorah on the Naperville Riverwalk near the Santa House, we agreed to take up the cause as its legal counsel. We volunteered to do this because our firm believes in equal religious freedom for all–whether Christianity, Islam, Jewish, Hinduism, Sikhism, or any other religion! We were successful in getting the Park District to reverse its decision. The Daily Herald’s article explained the controversy, in part, as follows:
The Naperville Park District will add a menorah to its holiday display that currently features Santa Claus. Commissioners, feeling they could face a lawsuit, took up the matter behind closed doors Thursday. The park district had rejected an earlier request by the Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville to display the candelabrum. However, the majority of the board on Thursday agreed to accept the menorah donation and make it part of the display at the Riverwalk. Goldstein had sent a letter to the park district last month asking for permission to add the menorah to the park district’s Santa House display along the Riverwalk. The park district turned him down, saying its ordinances prohibit any private entity or person from erecting any kind of symbol or message at the Riverwalk.
In an interview with the Daily Herald Wednesday, Chabad attorney David Fish said it would be illegal discrimination to display Christian symbols but reject the Jewish ones. Park district attorney Derke Price disagreed, saying that only applies when a government entity is letting private groups display their symbols. In this case, the display is being created by a public body – the park district.
Park district commissioners discussed the issue in closed session Thursday calling it a matter of “imminent litigation. “His (Fish’s) conversations with me were of a nature I was told by him that I needed to express to my client the risk and exposure they had under the Supreme Court cases,” Price said after the meeting. “That’s sufficient to go to imminent litigation.”
Educating The Public: We periodically provide presentations to the good people at WorkNet DuPage Career Center in their job club to advise them about rights in the workplace, including disability issues, employment contracts, unemployment, and what employers can and cannot ask during job interviews.
Cy Pres Award: The Illinois Bar Foundation ensures meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. We are proud to see our cases help this foundation; recently our employment privacy class action in the Taylor v Sunrise litigation resulted in a $36,285.25 cy pres donation to the Illinois Bar Foundation.
Education Lawyers: Our lawyers regularly volunteer to provide continuing legal education seminars to other lawyers in a number of bar associations in the area of employment law. Our lawyers have presented on topics such as how to conduct discovery in employment lawsuits, wage and hour violations, practicing before employment agencies, and many other topics.