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Nicholas James Crawford

Nicholas James Crawford

Effective Legal Counsel for Navigating Employment Law Disputes
  • Business Law, Employment Law
  • Illinois
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Effective Legal Counsel for Business and Individuals Navigating Labor and Employment Disputes.

Nicholas Crawford offers comprehensive employment and labor law advice and counsel to business's and individuals as an attorney with the Law Office Andrew Szocka, P.C. If you have a legal matter, labor dispute, or a employment law issue, I am uniquely positioned to advocate for your interests. With over 10 years experience leading Human Resource teams for both venture capital start-ups and large multi-national corporations, I have a built a reputation for creative litigation and problem solving approaches to resolve employment and labor disputes. If faced with an employment law matter, you know need a lawyer who understands your business, employees and the law. As an attorney with The Law Office of Andrew Szocka, P.C., representing businesses in real estate acquisitions, business contract disputes, or general commercial litigation, my background in labor and employment law brings our clients a law office with experience to support nearly every aspect of business.

Education
DePaul College of Law
J.D. (2021)
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Law office of Andrew Szocka, P.C.
- Current
Law Clerk/Attorney
Prinz Law Firm
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Sr. HR Director
Elior North America
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Human Resource Manager
Futurity First Insurance Group
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Illinois  # 6340785
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Supreme Court of Illinois
ID Number: 6340785
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Call me for a free consultation to discuss your employment law concerns.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Hybrid contingent fee structure available for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other workplace disputes.
Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Legal Answers
Q. Employer isn't tracking vacation time correctly in their payroll software
A: Whether you have recourse depends on what law may apply to your case. Under Illinois law, employers must pay out all earned vacation on the paycheck after termination. While the company is in Illinois, and Illinois law would give you recourse to collect unpaid earned vacation, you reside in Florida and Florida law may not be as strict as Illinois. Generally, the law of the state where you work dictates the employment law applied to your case. You should reach out to an Illinois attorney to evaluate whether Illinois or Florida law will apply in your situation and where and how to bring a claim.
Q. Company in IA, live in IL, IL EIN used for taxes, am I covered by IL statutes or IA statutes for non-compete laws?
A: Most likely you would be subject to Illinois law because the employer would have to bring suit against you in Illinois as you live here in Illinois. If the court is interpreting the contract under Illinois law then you would be included in whatever 2022 laws are applicable to your contract. However, there may be some circumstances in which your contract would be enforceable in another state like Iowa. An attorney will need to review your agreement and the facts around your work, business, and life to understand if you may have any risk. Unfortunately, to get a solid and definitive understanding of your risks with this non-compete you need to sit down and speak with an attorney.
Q. Can a company fire me within my 2 week notice while I'm on ADA?
A: The American's with Disabilities Act requires that your company make reasonable accommodations for your disability and that the company can not discriminate against you because of your disability. If you already have an ADA accommodation request with your employer, it would be very suspicious if they terminated you during your two week notice period. However, provided your employment is at will and you are not under contract, your employer or you can terminate your employment at any time, including after you give your two week notice. The mere fact that they terminated you is not enough to violate the ADA or other federal or state discrimination laws. So the issue becomes whether your specific case facts show some discriminatory intent based on your disability. You should speak with a lawyer regarding your specific case facts so that you can better understand whether or not the facts are strong enough to support an action against your employer. Best of Luck.
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Nicholas J Crawford, Attorney at Law
1516 E Fleming Dr N
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Telephone: (860) 338-6538