People: Joseph S. Turner, Partner

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Joseph S. Turner

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5972
Fax: (312) 460-7972
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Mr. Turner is a partner representing management in labor and employment law matters. His practice includes employment related litigation arising under federal and state statutes, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. He also is experienced in litigating employment related contract and state law tort actions. His experience in the labor relations area includes practice before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice matters, collective bargaining, strike-related matters and labor arbitration. He also frequently advises clients on a broad range of employment law and employee relations issues.

Mr. Turner is a partner representing management in labor and employment law matters. His practice includes employment related litigation arising under federal and state statutes, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. He also is experienced in litigating employment related contract and state law tort actions. His experience in the labor relations area includes practice before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice matters, collective bargaining, strike-related matters and labor arbitration. He also frequently advises clients on a broad range of employment law and employee relations issues.

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law (1987)
    North Carolina Law Review, 1985-1987
  • B.A., University of North Carolina (1983)
    with Highest Honors

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Morris, et al., v. Caterpillar Inc., 02-1412 (C.D. Ill. 2003) (42-plaintiff age discrimination case involving performance management system)
  • EEOC v. Caterpillar Inc., 03 C 5637 (N.D. Ill. 2004) (defense verdict in 5-day jury trial of multiple plaintiff race harassment claims under Title VII)
  • Yeaman v. Caterpillar Inc., 01-RB-1133(OES) (D. Co.) (defense verdict in 4-day jury trial involving sex discrimination claims under Title VII)
  • EEOC v. Caterpillar Inc., 03 C 5636 (N.D. Ill.) (pattern or practice sex harassment and retaliation claims under Title VII)
  • Hoffman v. Caterpillar Inc., 98-1062 (C.D. Ill. 1998) (defense verdict in 4-day jury trial involving disability discrimination claims under the ADA)
  • Ligurotis, et al. v. Sun Chemical Corporation, 89 C 8032 and 89 C 7112 (N.D. Ill. 1992) (summary judgment granted in claim for benefits under NLRA Section 301 and ERISA)
  • In re Food Lion Effective Scheduling Litigation, 92-198-MISC-5-F (E.D. N.C. 1993) (complex multi-district litigation involving approximately 900 plaintiffs with claims under the FLSA)
  • Cody Compton, et al. v. Wells Fargo Financial Acceptance, Inc., et al., 04-0211-C (W.D. Ikl.) (collective action involving employees in six states with “working off-the-clock” and exempt status claims under the FLSA)
  • Leber, et al. v. Universal Music and Video Distribution, Inc., et al., 99-4276-JPG (S.D. Ill. 2002) (summary judgment granted to employer on claims filed by 80 former employees and local union under Section 301 of LMRA relating to creation of joint venture and change-in-control of manufacturing facility)
  • Thompson, et al. v. GES Exposition Service, et al., 01-2055 (7th Cir. 2001) (summary judgment affirmed on race discrimination and harassment claims brought by multiple plaintiffs under Title VII and Section 1981)
  • Schreiner v. Caterpillar Inc.,98-C-7007 (N.D. Ill. 2000) (defense verdict in 3-day jury trial involving sex discrimination claims under Title VII)
  • Chloupek et al. v. American Signature, Inc., A97-209-222 (Nebraska Supreme Court 1998) (representing employer in multi-plaintiff breach of contract and tort action arising from strike settlement)
  • Hu v. Allstate Insurance Company, ALS No. 6082 (Ill. Human Rights Commission 1994) (judgment for employer in hearing before ALJ national origin discrimination case)
  • Mansourou, et al. v. John Crane, Inc., 89 CH 731 (Illinois State Court 1989) (multi-plaintiff lawsuit alleging implied contract claims arising from employee handbook and defamation claims)
  • Dansby v. Joslyn Mfg. Corp. (Alabama State Court 1992) (summary judgment granted in retaliatory discharge tort action)
  • Amersig Southeast, Inc., 10-CA-26744, et al. (representing employer in unfair labor practice proceedings in Atlanta, Georgia and Lincoln, Nebraska related to multi-facility strike and permanent replacement of workers)
  • Blue Circle Cement, Inc., 10-CA-27854-1,2 et al. (advising employer concerning strike related issues; representing employer in unfair labor practice proceedings related to multi-plant strike (Georgia and Alabama) and permanent replacement of workers)
  • St. Joseph Medical Center, 13-RC-18259 (representing employer at NLRB hearing concerning representation issues for 600 employee nurse unit in Joliet, Illinois)