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Naureen Amjad is the Vice-Chair of the firm’s Employment, Labor & Benefits group. She is an experienced employment attorney representing clients across a wide variety of industries. She focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling and advises management in all aspects of employment law.

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Naureen’s employment law expertise includes defending employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in matters that involve claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and violations of wage and hour statutes. She regularly counsels companies of all sizes on employee relations, employment agreements for non-supervisory employees up to C-suite executives, consultant agreements, vendor agreements, severance agreements, reductions in force, employee handbooks, employee benefit plans, various types of employment policies, occupational safety policies, COVID-19 policies, restrictive covenants and preventative litigation measures. Naureen is highly experienced with conducting workplace investigations and trainings on a variety of employment law topics including sexual harassment, accommodations and best practices. She is also a frequent author on federal, state and local employment law developments affecting businesses in a variety of industries.

Naureen has practiced in the labor and employment space for over a decade at large and mid-sized firms in Chicago. Immediately prior to joining Masuda Funai, she served as the leader of the employment law practice group of a Chicago law firm.

Naureen also has experience representing business clients in commercial litigation and trademark matters.

During law school, Naureen served as a judicial extern to Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and Judge Holly F. Clemons of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2008
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 2005

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Languages

  • Urdu / Hindi
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Experience

Experience

Successfully represented an international manufacturing company in former employee's federal lawsuit involving claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, breach of contract and wrongful discharge, resulting in the federal court granting summary judgment on all four claims in favor of the company.

Represented a Fortune 500 company against a former employee in arbitration before the AAA involving claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate, resulting in a favorable decision for the company.

Successfully represented a landscaping company in a federal lawsuit involving breach of restrictive covenant claims, resulting in a withdrawal of the complaint.

Represented a national restaurant chain in federal court against wage and hour violations of failure to pay overtime and record-keeping brought by the U.S. Department of Labor and assisted with negotiating a favorable settlement for the restaurant chain.

Obtained complete dismissal of an Illinois Consumer Fraud Act claim in a multi-party lawsuit before the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

Successfully represented Chicago manufacturer against unfair labor practices charges by three former employees before the National Labor Relations Board, resulting in a withdrawal of all three charges.

Conducted countless workplace investigations into complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation and prepared associated reports with factual findings and recommendations.

Successfully represented countless employers against charges alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by obtaining complete dismissal of such claims.

Negotiated numerous severance agreements for subordinate, managerial and executive-level employees and assisted the employers in avoiding litigation.

Successfully mediated charges alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation before the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Prepared countless employee handbooks, manuals, policies, employment agreements, severance agreements and restrictive covenant agreements for use by clients nationwide.

Regularly counsel and train employers of all sizes on employee relations, compensation, leaves of absence, requests for accommodation, internal complaints, discipline, performance improvement plans, terminations, reductions in force, plant shutdowns, occupational safety policies, COVID-19 policies, sexual harassment and general preventative litigation measures.

Obtained registration of and defended numerous trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Memberships

Memberships

American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
South Asian Bar Association
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Illinois CROWN Act Prohibits Hair Discrimination
Executive Summary On June 29, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 316, the “Create a Respectful and Open…
Notice To Employers: CDC Relaxes Quarantining and Isolation Recommendations
Executive Summary On August 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new COVID-19 guidance which impacted…
Masuda Funai Employment Newsflash – Effective Date of New York City's Pay Transparency Law Delayed Until November 2022
New York City’s pay transparency law was originally set to take effect on May 15, 2022; however, it will now be delayed until November 1…
Florida Employers Must Review Workplace DEI Trainings Under New Law
Executive Summary On April 22, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the “Stop WOKE” Act (HB 7) (the “Act”), which…
Masuda Funai Employment Newsflash - What Employers Should Know About the EEOC's Updates to Religious Accommodation and Vaccine Mandate Guidance
On March 1, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its guidance on religious accommodations and COVID-19…
Employees May Now Bypass Pre-Dispute Arbitration and File Their #MeToo Claims in Court
UPDATE On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of…
California Requires COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave In 2022
Executive Summary On February 9, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law, Senate Bill 114, the 2022 California COVID-19…
Masuda Funai Employment Newsflash - NYC Employers May Soon Be Forced to Disclose Salary Ranges in Job Postings
New York City may soon join a growing number of states and localities which require employers to include salary ranges within job postings…
Masuda Funai Employment Newsflash - President Biden Imposes COVID-19 Vaccinations or Weekly Testing for Millions of Workplaces
On September 9, 2021, President Biden introduced a COVID-19 Action Plan (“Plan”) which mandates the COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing…
Masuda Funai Employment Newsflash - Governor J.B. Pritzker Signed Amendments Affecting Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements
On August 13, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (“IFWA”) requiring all Illinois…
Events
Masuda Funai 2021 Virtual Employment Seminar Series: Illinois Employers Must Comply With New Requirements When Using Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements
10.14.21
Illinois employers will be required to comply with drastically different requirements for non-compete and non-solicitation agreements…
Publications
"Illinois Imposes New Restrictions on Employers Utilizing Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements" - BizBuddy, August 2021
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