ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
I believe in protecting women’s rights. I created new law for women that are abused by a supervisor. Ms. Vance was abused by her boss who she had a relationship with. He would extinguish his cigarettes on her and beat her. She finally got the support to leave him. When she left him, she realized she could never go back to her job since he was also the owner of the company. She knew that she would lose her wages since she ended their relationship However, he needed to continue the control and abuse and told her she was going to be fired if she did not return to work. She did not return to him or work. Being fired and losing her wages was not a problem for Ms. Vance. Losing her health insurance and the ability to be treated for his abuse was a problem. So, she contact me to help her. At the time, the law appeared to be clear that suing an employer for firing you because you have an order of protection against the person that owns the company was not a valid lawsuit. I went up against a large law firm for the company that had a substantial amount of cases that appeared to hold that Ms. Vance’s case had to be thrown out. Yet, I argued that it violated the public policy of Illinois Citizens. The judge agreed with my arguments and found that Ms. Vance, and everyone in Illinois, could sue their employer for retaliating against them because of an order of protection. Ms. Vance was able to sue for her lost health insurance. This case is referred to by lots of other courts and parties. I do not sit on the sidelines and say I can not change it. Vance v. Dispatch Management Service, 122 F. Supp. 2d 910 (N.D. Ill. 2000).
I was the first attorney in Illinois to have a father’s driving license suspended for failure to pay child support.