Susan Kusper focuses her practice in labor and employment law, with particular emphasis in complex employment litigation. She works with employers, human resources personnel, and in-house counsel in matters involving Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, Section 1981, Section 1983, the Illinois Human Rights Act, wage and hour disputes, trade secret disputes, workers' compensation retaliation and non-compete claims. She represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before a number of administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Illinois Department of Labor. She is involved in all phases of the litigation process, from initial fact investigation to trial.
In addition, Ms. Kusper regularly counsels and advises clients with respect to handbooks and other personnel policies, with a particular focus on national and state employee background and credit check requirements.
In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Kusper has experience in traditional labor and school law matters. This includes representing employers in grievance and labor arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Ms. Kusper served as the primary labor and employment associate at another Chicago firm, representing management clients in all aspects of litigation.
During law school, Ms. Kusper served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Ronald A. Guzmán, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She also clerked at a number of Chicago firms.
In addition to her other law school accomplishments, Ms. Kusper was a semi-finalist on the Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team and served as an executive editor on the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. She received CALI awards for the highest grades in Advocacy (Appellate Litigation), Business Organizations, Property and Advanced Litigation Skills, and was honored for receiving the highest grade in Contracts. She is a recipient of an Honors-at-Entrance Scholarship and the Judge Loretta C. Douglas Endowed Merit Scholarship.
Honors & Awards
- Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2016–2017)
Her presentations include:
- "Puzzling Personnel Predicaments," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2016.
- "What to Expect When Your Employee’s Expecting", Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2015.
- Seventh Circuit Upholds Tip Credit Pay for Related, Non-Tipped Duties
- NLRB Makes it Easier to Unionize Temporary Workers
- DOL Updates Federal Contractor Regulations Prohibiting Sex Discrimination for First Time Since 1970
- New York District Court Holds Sexual Orientation not Protected by Title VII
- Trend Alert: NLRB Holds Employee Acting Alone Engages in Concerted Activity
- President Obama Proposes to Expand Overtime to over five Million Salaried Workers
- DOL Issues Updated FMLA Certification Forms
- Connecticut Restricts Employer Access to Employees' and Applicants' Social Media
- Déjà vu all over Again: NLRB Rejects Employer's Handbook Policies
- EEOC not Required to Identify Aggrieved Individual in Title VII race Discrimination Claim
- Justice Department Extends Title VII Protection to Transgender Government Employees
- Seventh Circuit Finds no ADA Liability for Employer not Involved in Decisionmaking
- Illinois House Bill 4157 Extends Sexual Harassment Protections to Unpaid Interns
- Court Holds that Franchisor is Not Employer Pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Supreme Court Holds Partial-Public Employees Cannot Be Forced to Pay Dues to a Union They Do Not Wish to Join
- Seventh Circuit Confirms that Employees may not Demand a Specific Accommodation for Disabilities
- Court Holds that Job-Related Evaluation Consistent with Business Necessity does not Violate ADA
Employment Law Observer
- April 4, 2016
- September 1, 2015
- July 1, 2015
- June 1, 2015
- May 28, 2015Employment Practices Alert
- May 1, 2015
- January 5, 2015
- October 1, 2014
- August 1, 2014
- July 1, 2014
- June 2, 2014
- May 1, 2014
- April 1, 2014
- February 3, 2014
- January 2, 2014
During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Baker founded and served as president of a theatre outreach and community service group.
J.D., magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2012
- Executive Editor of Student Articles, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal
B.A., Mass Communication and Theatre, Miami University, 2008
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana