Cynthia Pietrucha

Cynthia Pietrucha

Employment Litigation Attorney
  • Employment Law, Business Law
  • Illinois
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Workplace Rights and Violations: Pietrucha Law Firm, LLC – Your Trusted Employment Law Firm

With nearly 10 years of experience, I'm a licensed employment lawyer with a proven track record of success in helping American employees and employers navigate complex workplace issues. I'm best known for negotiating severance agreements at employment termination and handling federal employment law violations.

Whether you’re an employee seeking fair treatment, or an employer looking to protect your business, my firm has the experience and expertise to help.

Main Areas of Focus:
1. Severance Agreement and General Release Counseling
2. Severance Agreement and General Release Negotiation
3. Medical Leave/FMLA Violations
4. Disability Harassment/Discrimination
5. EEOC Mediations
6. Retaliation
7. Unemployment Benefits Appeals

Northern Illinois University
J.D. (2009) | Law
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.A. (2006) | Pre-Law, Journalism and Spanish
Honors: President's Leadership Award
Activities: Spanish Tutor
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Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Pietrucha Law Firm, LLC
- Current
Liquor Commission
Village of Downers Grove
Purchasing Administrator
Village of Orland Park
Senior Contract Administration Specialist
API Healthcare
Site Licensing Contracts Specialist
American Medical Association
Legal Assistant
Law Offices of Joel Weisman, P.C.
Articles & Publications
Employment Termination: Employer Obligations and Workplace Considerations
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Speaking Engagements
Layoffs, Rescinded Job Offers, and Beyond – The Latest Trends and Best Practices, National Business Institute, Webinar
HR Due Diligence: Tips From a Labor and Employment Attorney, National Business Institute, Champaign, Illinois
Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace: Marijuana and Other Considerations, National Business Institute, Naperville, Illinois
Starting Your Solo Law Practice as a Female Attorney, ISBA Standing Committee on Women & the Law, Chicago, IL
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Judge, Sports Law Sponsorship Agreements, National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, San Diego, CA
Avoiding Conflicts of Interest and Other Illinois Ethics Violations, Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials Fall 2015 Conference, Lombard, IL
Illinois Associaton of Public Procurement Officials
Top Attorney Award
Selected as Top 40 under 40 Illinois Employment Lawyers
The National Black Lawyers
Avvo’s Client’s Choice Award
Professional Associations
Women's Bar Association of Illinois
- Current
Activities: Mentor/Mentee
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Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Labor and Employment Law Section Council Member 2023-2024, Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services 2020-2021, Law Student Committee 2007-2009
- Current
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DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
Board of Directors 2016-2017
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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7th Circuit
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept all major credits and PayPal.
  • Contingent Fees
    Our firm charges flat fees and contingency fees 35% to 40%.
Practice Areas
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Litigation
Additional Practice Areas
  • Severance Agreements and General Releases
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Breach of Contract
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Hello I went out on short term dis for throat cancer 4-6-23, and just received a letter saying I was fired, can you help
A: I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. My firm provides nationwide representation to individuals who are terminated while seeking medical care. We file FMLA interference and retaliation lawsuits. We have helped many individuals fired while getting cancer treatment.
Q. At my work the boss installed a camera with audio recording I live in Illinois
A: My answer - NOT legal advice: This answer might surprise you, but this is okay to do in Illinois. In one of my Illinois jobs, I found out my boss was secretly listening to my telephone calls. Shady but not illegal. Telephone and video monitoring (and email monitoring) in Illinois workplaces is legal - as long as you're not in a private place at work.

Generally, video surveillance is legal in Illinois as long as all parties consent. What does consent mean? It means that all recorded parties have given permission. But there are also limits to this. The all-party consent rule only applies where a person can reasonably expect privacy. Would you reasonably expect privacy walking down the sidewalk? At a baseball game? In a school cafeteria? In a bar? In a hotel room? At work?

At your Illinois workplace, your employer can install video cameras and secretly videotape you as long as it's vital to the company’s operations. If confronted, all the employee has to do is say the reason for the video surveillance was more important and vital to business operations than the worker's expectation to privacy.

Where in your workplace would video surveillance be illegal?
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Q. My former employer in wisconsin is suing me. I live in another state now. Can they still sue me in wisconsin?
A: Yes it is possible for an employer to sue you in a state you do not reside in. Sometimes an agreement you signed with the employer will indicate what courthouse/the location where the employer can sue you. You will need to find an attorney who practices law in Wisconsin and can advise you on your options moving forward.
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Pietrucha Law Firm, LLC
1717 N. Naper Blvd
Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563
Telephone: (630) 344-6370
Monday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM (Today)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 2 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed