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Michelle M. Cain practices in all areas of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment litigation in federal trial and appellate courts. She has represented employers before state and federal administrative agencies and courts for claims of discrimination under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as for claims for wrongful discharge and other tort and contract claims. She has also represented employers in complex and class action lawsuits brought under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and other federal statutes.
Ms. Cain also has extensive appellate experience before federal and state appellate courts throughout the country, including the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has advised clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including personnel policies, employment contracts, severance agreements, employee handbooks, termination procedures, and compliance with federal and state human rights laws, wage and hour laws and plant closing laws.
Prior to joining McMahon, Berger in 1993, Ms. Cain was an associate at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, Illinois, worked in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and served as a Judicial Law Clerk to United States District Judge William O. Bertelsman of the Eastern District of Kentucky.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
John Marshall Law School
Admitted To Practice
- State of Missouri
- State of Illinois
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
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Among the many issues facing employers during the current coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact are those relating to closings and mass layoffs.Â Employers faced...
The Illinois legislature has recently sent to Governor Pritzker for signature a spate of employment legislation that could seriously impact employers, employees and job applicants. ...
On February 19, 2019, Illinois became the fifth state to implement a $15-per-hour minimum wage increase when Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the “Lifting Up Illinois...
Illinois employers can expect significant changes to the state’s employment laws in 2019 after the legislature passed several bills that will have an impact on...