Linda Horras practices exclusively in the area of employment defense. She partners with clients to guide and counsel them on difficult employee matters, internal employee disputes, discipline and discharge, and related employee relations issues. She advises employers on proper procedures required under employment laws, such as compliance with the Bermuda Triangle of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family & Medical Leave Act, and state law worker's compensation laws. She assists employers in audits of non-exempt and exempt personnel to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage laws and assists employer adopt policies and procedures as the law changes or as job classifications change. This includes proactive approaches toward handling legal changes, such as the pending change to the salary basis under the Fair Labor Standards Act or implementing policies for guarding against off-the-clock and other wage claims.
In addition to counseling clients, Ms. Horras has a strong litigation practice with a history dating back to 1989. She routinely represents employers in federal and state courts and at all administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Illinois and U.S. Departments of Labor. She has arbitrated discipline and discharge cases for unionized employers. She has led the defense of significant collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. She has represented employers in all forms of employment disputes from discrimination to harassment to whistleblowers to retaliatory discharge. When appropriate, she has negotiated positive settlements of difficult, often emotional, cases. She has participated in defense of appeals of employment claims to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Horras joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 1989.
As a former Adjunct Professor at the John Marshall Law School, Ms. Horras taught classes that covered advocacy writing and introductions to computer research.
- Chicago Bar Association, Labor & Employee Committee
- Obtained arbitration victory over the SEIU on the issue of an employee suspension for a violation of a mandatory flu vaccination policy of hospital client.
- Defeated Rule 23 class certification and FLSA collective action certification in large multi-state off-the-clock claims against an employer. If certified, the class would have been over 5,000 employees and consisted of four separate claims.
- Obtained summary judgment in multiple discrimination cases in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
- Successfully negotiated resolution of Department of Labor wage audits with administrative agencies, limiting exposure to employers and disruption to payroll operations.
- Successfully handled multiple EEOC investigations and obtained favorable outcomes even in situations where negative determinations were expected.
Her presentations include:
Moderator "The Cross-Examination of an HR Director," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hilton Chicago-Northbrook, Northbrook, Illinois, October 12, 2017
- "Winter Is Coming: FLSA Updates," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2016
- "Today's Fair Labor Standards Act", Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2015
- "How to Achieve Wage and Hour Compliance in the Current Economy," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2014
"An Ounce of Prevention Beats a Pound of Cure," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2013
- "Current FLSA Issues," DuPage Society for Human Resource Management, Lisle, Illinois, April 2011
- "Update on Critical Issues of FLSA," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2010
- "FLSA Collective Actions," Hinshaw's Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2009
- "FLSA Issues: The Overtime Time Bomb," Hinshaw's Effectively Dealing with Current Labor & Employment Issues seminar, Chicago, Illinois, September 2006
- Author of “A New Acronym for Trucking and Delivery Companies: The FLSA,” published in the Summer 2009 edition of DRI in Transit, a publication of the Defense Research Institute.
- Routinely contributes to Hinshaw’s monthly employment newsletter and blogs.
- Use of Salary History Taboo? Ninth Circuit Weighs In
- U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Narrow Reading in Favor of "Fair" Reading of FLSA Exemptions
- Lessons for Employers in the Case of a Former Google Software Engineer Fired for Violating Company Anti-Discrimination Policies
- Employee's Emotional Distress Claim Not Pre-empted but Not Actionable Emotional Distress Either
- EEOC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment
- (A Little) More to Digest on Criminal Background Checks
- EEOC Uses its Record Keeping Requirements to Police use of Criminal Background Checks
- Eighth Circuit: Doctor Is Unable to Maintain Employment Claims due to Determination of Independent Contractor Status
- Third Circuit Opinion Highlights Importance of Properly Designating FMLA Leave
- Asking About Easier jobs Triggers Employer’s duty to Participate in Interactive Process
- Court Finds that Employer’s Failure to Return Employee to work Prior to Conclusion of FMLA Leave does not Amount to Interference
- Seventh Circuit Decertifies Class due to Individualized Damage Calculations
- Rotational Employee Unsuccessful on FMLA Interference Claim Based upon Leave Calculations
- Georgia Court Evaluates Executive Exemption Under FLSA
- Female Manager may Proceed with pay Disparity-Gender Discrimination Claim
Employment Law Observer
- February 15, 2018
- December 4, 2015
- August 3, 2015
- November 3, 2014
- September 2, 2014
- October 1, 2013
- March 1, 2013
- September 4, 2012
- April 2, 2012
- March 4, 2011
- January 3, 2011
- July 1, 2010
- May 3, 2010
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- February 1, 2010
- January 4, 2010
J.D., with distinction, The John Marshall Law School, 1989
B.A., summa cum laude, Loyola University of Chicago, 1985
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana