ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

I do not sit on the sidelines and say I can not change it.  I worked to make life better for women. 

Because of my extensive work fighting for women’s rights I was endorsed by PersonalPac and DuPage NOW. Also, because I stood up for women and minorities, I was endorsed by Congresswomen Lauren Underwood. I am proud of my history of standing up for Women’s Rights. I was recently appointed by the Federal Court to represent a woman that was sexually harassed by Ford Motor Company.

Shortly after becoming a lawyer, I volunteered at Pro Bono Advocacy.  An organization that helped women that were abused by their spouse by assigning an attorney to represent them for free. I was proud to fight for those women.

I do not sit on the sidelines and say I can not change it.  I worked to make life better for women.

Later, I created new law for women that are abused by a supervisor. My client, 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 contacted 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 was referred to by lots of other courts and parties. I do not sit on the sidelines and say I can not change it.  I worked to make life better for women. Vance v. Dispatch Management Service, 122 F. Supp. 2d 910 (N.D. Ill. 2000).

I was the first attorney in Illinois to obtain a verdict on behalf of a mother resulting in suspension of the father’s driving privilege for failure to pay child support.