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Cintra B. McArdle

Senior Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5915
Fax: (312) 460-7915
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Cintra Bentley McArdle is a Senior Counsel with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the leading national employment and labor law firm. Ms. McArdle is a member of Labor and Employment Department in Chicago, the Employment Litigation and Counseling Group, and the Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group.

Ms. McArdle represents employers throughout the country in the entire range of employment law matters. Her work has included the representation of Fortune 500 companies, as well as medium and small sized employers. Her primary focus is litigation and she has extensive experience representing employers in both federal and state trial and appellate courts, and before federal and state government agencies such as the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor.

She has represented employers in class actions (including those brought by the EEOC), multi-plaintiff, and single-plaintiff cases involving discrimination on the basis of disability, age, sex, sex harassment, race, race harassment, national origin, and other protected classifications filed under various federal and state statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, The Illinois Human Rights Act, The Ohio Civil Rights Act, The Missouri Human Rights Act, The Indiana Civil Rights Act, The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Acts, and the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act. Ms. McArdle has litigated numerous discrimination cases through both successful summary judgment motions and favorable trial verdicts.

Ms. McArdle’s trial experience includes defense counsel in the first known trial in Illinois state court of discrimination claims since the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Human Rights Act to permit Illinois trial courts to hear discrimination claims. The case involved a former high level executive who asserted claims of age and sex discrimination, and who sought damages in excess of $8m. A complete defense victory was obtained.

Ms. McArdle authored the American Bar Association and BNA Treatise on The Family and Medical Leave Act, which addresses the enforcement mechanisms and remedies available under the Act. She has since served as Chapter Editor for three successive cumulative supplements of this chapter.

Cintra Bentley McArdle is a Senior Counsel with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, the leading national employment and labor law firm. Ms. McArdle is a member of Labor and Employment Department in Chicago, the Employment Litigation and Counseling Group, and the Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group.

Ms. McArdle represents employers throughout the country in the entire range of employment law matters. Her work has included the representation of Fortune 500 companies, as well as medium and small sized employers. Her primary focus is litigation and she has extensive experience representing employers in both federal and state trial and appellate courts, and before federal and state government agencies such as the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor.

She has represented employers in class actions (including those brought by the EEOC), multi-plaintiff, and single-plaintiff cases involving discrimination on the basis of disability, age, sex, sex harassment, race, race harassment, national origin, and other protected classifications filed under various federal and state statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Family and Medical Leave Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, The Illinois Human Rights Act, The Ohio Civil Rights Act, The Missouri Human Rights Act, The Indiana Civil Rights Act, The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Acts, and the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act. Ms. McArdle has litigated numerous discrimination cases through both successful summary judgment motions and favorable trial verdicts.

Ms. McArdle’s trial experience includes defense counsel in the first known trial in Illinois state court of discrimination claims since the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Human Rights Act to permit Illinois trial courts to hear discrimination claims. The case involved a former high level executive who asserted claims of age and sex discrimination, and who sought damages in excess of $8m. A complete defense victory was obtained.

Ms. McArdle authored the American Bar Association and BNA Treatise on The Family and Medical Leave Act, which addresses the enforcement mechanisms and remedies available under the Act. She has since served as Chapter Editor for three successive cumulative supplements of this chapter.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (1998)
    with highest honors
    Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of Rochester (1992)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • Indiana
  • Illinois

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)

Representative Engagements

  • Acevedo v. Heinemann’s et al., (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois)  (122 plaintiff case alleging, among other things, violations of WARN, ERISA, Section 301 of the LMRA, and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.)
  • EEOC v. TIN, Inc., (U.S. District Court/District of Arizona) (collective action brought by EEOC alleging age discrimination.)
  • Basiorka et al. v. The Northern Trust Company et al. (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (sixteen plaintiff Title VII and §1981 national origin discrimination case.)
  • Flick et al. v. WellPoint, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Indiana) (two plaintiff Title VII sex discrimination, sex harassment, retaliation, and Indiana common law tort claims case.)
  • Phillips v. WellPoint, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff FMLA, disability discrimination under both federal and state law, and ERISA case.)
  • Eusanio v. The WellPoint Companies (The Court of Common Pleas, Mahoning County, Ohio) (single plaintiff Ohio Civil Rights Act race and sex discrimination and Ohio common law tort claims case.)
  • Smith v. WellPoint, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff Title VII race and pregnancy discrimination and retaliation, and disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case.)
  • Foster v. CLERAC (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Ohio) (single plaintiff Title VII race discrimination and Ohio common law tort claims case.)
  • Cole v. The WellPoint Companies. (Wayne County Court, Michigan State Court) (single plaintiff age discrimination and retaliation case.)
  • Case v. Carrier Corporation (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff FMLA interference and retaliation case.)
  • Akins v. Sullair Corporation (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff Title VII race and sex discrimination, and sex harassment case.)
  • McGuire v. Carrier Corporation (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff FMLA interference and retaliation claims and Indiana wage claim case.)
  • Posley v. WellPoint, et al. (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff Title VII and §1981 race discrimination and retaliation claims and Indiana common law tort claims.)
  • Garmany-Starks v. WellPoint, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff age discrimination case). 
  • Gary v. Carrier Corporation (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff disability discrimination case.)
  • Gant v. Carrier Corporation (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff disability and failure to accommodate case.) 
  • Miller v. Carrier Corporation (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff FMLA interference and retaliation case.) 
  • Arbuckle v. WellPoint, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana): Single plaintiff FMLA case.  Pre-discovery I obtained very favorable settlement by convincing Plaintiff’s counsel of weaknesses in case.
  • Barrett v. WellPoint, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (single plaintiff age discrimination, Title VII and §1981 race discrimination and retaliation, and IHRA race discrimination and retaliation case.)
  • Delaney-Rhoiney et al. v. CCH Incorporated (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (six plaintiff Title VII race, sex, and age discrimination, and ERISA case.) 
  • Gundogdu v. Chicago River Road Lodging LLC (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois) (single plaintiff Title VII sex discrimination and FLSA and Illinois Minimum Wage Law case.)
  • Brady v. Pro Met Steel, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois): (single plaintiff Title VII and §1981 race discrimination, race harassment, and retaliation case.)
  • Pillow v. Pro Met Steel, Inc. (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Illinois): (single plaintiff Title VII and §1981 race discrimination, race harassment, and retaliation case.)
  • Smith v. Flextronics and Verizon Wireless (U.S. District Court/Southern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff Title VII & §1981 race discrimination case.)
  • Allen v. Pitney Bowes Inc. (U.S. District Court/Northern District of Indiana) (single plaintiff Title VII sex discrimination, sex harassment, and retaliation case.)

Publications

  • ABA/BNA Third Cumulative Supplement for Treatise on The Family and Medical Leave Act,
    Chapter Editor
  • ABA/BNA Second Cumulative Supplement for Treatise on The Family and Medical Leave Act, Chapter Editor
  • ABA/BNA First Cumulative Supplement for Treatise on The Family and Medical Leave Act,
    Chapter Editor
  • ABA/BNA Treatise on The Family and Medical Leave Act, Chapter Author
  • “Operating Your Own Business Part II:  Entity Financing,” The Woman’s Newspapers
  • “Workplace Suggestion Programs,” HWE Quarterly Newsletter
  • ISBA (Indiana State Bar Association) The Employment & Labor Law Handbook for Indiana Lawyers, Chapter Author
  • “An Employer Now Faces a Lighter Burden Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act When Using an Outside Investigator to Conduct Employee Misconduct Investigations,” South Shore Metropolitan Newspaper
  • “No Notice to the Employer is Proper Notice Under the FMLA,” HWE Quarterly Newsletter
    “Sexually Explicit Spam – Is it a Recipe for a Sexual Harassment Law Suit?,” South Shore Metropolitan Newspaper
  • “Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act:  Yet Another Potential Legislative Landmine for Employers,” South Shore Metropolitan Newspaper
  • “EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations on Exception to ADEA as it Applies to Retirees Health Plans,” HWE Quarterly Newsletter
  • “Website Accessibility Under the ADA,” Business Week Point-of Law Article
  • “A Pregnant Pause:  Are Women Who Undergo Fertility Treatments to Achieve Pregnancy Within the Scope of Title VII’s Pregnancy Discrimination Act?,” 73 CHI-KENT L. REV. 391