Ms. Ellen E. McLaughlin is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and former Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Department. Ms. McLaughlin is engaged in a broad-based employment law practice, specializing in federal and state court and administrative agency employment litigation. Ms. McLaughlin also has an extensive advice and counseling practice that focuses on avoiding litigation.
She regularly consults with employers to implement nationwide practices and systems which are both legally compliant and which meet an employer’s business needs. She also acts as a company’s trusted advisor with respect to not only day-to-day employment issues but also sensitive and high profile termination or other “bet the company” decisions and programs.
Ms. McLaughlin is frequently retained to conduct investigations for clients relating to internal claims of discrimination, harassment, and other unlawful conduct brought by employees. In her investigations practice, she is often retained to investigate allegations involving C-suite executives, human resources or legal department personnel as well as other highly confidential, sensitive or politically charged matters.
Ms. McLaughlin is a frequent lecturer on a wide variety of employment and labor law topics. Ms. McLaughlin has served as a guest lecturer for the American Bar Association, National Employment Law Institute, Society for Human Resource Management, Corporate Counsel Institute, American Arbitration Association, American Hospital Association, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, Illinois State Bar Association, Retail Industry Leaders Association, American Hospitality & Lodging Association, and Metropolitan Chicago Health Care Council.
She has written extensively on employment issues and is a contributing author to Workplace Harassment, BNA Books, co-authored “A Client’s Guide to the ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation,” The Journal of the American Corporate Counsel Association as well as “Training Becomes Important Step to Avoid Liability,” The National Law Journal.
She also co-authored the “The Family and Medical Leave Act” and “Employee Selection Procedures” chapters in Federal Employment Laws and Regulations and Employment Discrimination — How to Comply, both R.A. Apland publications. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Sections and the Chicago Bar Association.
Ms. McLaughlin co-authored comments to the EEOC’s proposed regulations to the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the ADA Amendments Act. She also authored comments to the DOL’s proposed regulations to the FMLA on behalf of national employer coalitions.
In June 2011, she was one of two management attorneys in the country invited by the EEOC to testify at a public hearing on the issue of leave as a reasonable accommodation. She speaks on a national basis on leave and accommodation issues and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost ADA and FMLA experts.
- J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School (1981)
- B.A., University of Notre Dame (1978)
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