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Scott Cruz

Officer

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri

Education

J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 2002

B.A., cum laude, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1999

Profile

Scott Cruz represents public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including civil litigation and preventative counseling. Scott represents employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, labor arbitration and class actions. He is particularly versed in all aspects of state and federal law relating to minimum wages, overtime, exemptions, and wage payment issues. Scott provides management and employee training on workplace legal issues and conducts workplace investigations and legal audits.

He assists employers in drafting employment policies and employment agreements and helps companies enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and protect their trade secrets, proprietary information, customer relationships, and other valuable assets.

Scott has handled unemployment audits before the Illinois Department of Employment Security and defended unemployment compensation claims. He also has extensive civil litigation experience on behalf of educational institutions and has successfully dismissed lawsuits for clients on a motion to dismiss or on summary judgment in the Circuit Courts of Cook, Will, Kane, Lake and DuPage counties.

Scott has presented to clients and organizations on topics including conducting effective workplace investigations and analyzing and defending unemployment insurance claims. He is on the Board of Directors of Alivio Medical Center, a not-for-profit whose mission is to increase Hispanic access to comprehensive, affordable quality health care.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Chicago Latino Network
  • Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Bankers Association
  • Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

Community/Civic Activities

  • Alivio Medical Center, Board of Directors
  • 1871, Mentor
  • Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Crain's Chicago's Notable Minority Lawyers, 2018
  • Forty Under 40 Lawyers in Illinois, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2017
  • 10 Best Labor and Employment Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Illinois, American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2020

News & Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Employee Handbook DO's, Don'ts and Maybe's"
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, October 20, 2020
  • "Addressing FFCRA and Unemployment Claims During a Pandemic" webinar
    Metro East SHRM, October 8, 2020
  • "Back to School:  What Employers Need to Know Related to COVID-19" webinar
    Illinois Bankers Association, September 17, 2020
  • "Addressing FFCRA and Unemployment Claims During a Pandemic" webinar
    Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, September 17, 2020
  • "Defending Against Unemployment Claims in a Pandemic" webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, August 18, 2020
  • "HR Online Forum" webinar
    Illinois Manufacturers' Association, August 18, 2020
  • "Workplace Reasonable Suspicion Training:  Don't be Left in a Haze" webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, July 28, 2020
  • "HR Online Forum" webinar
    Illinois Manufacturers' Association, July 21, 2020
  • "Independent Contractors, Interns, Temporary Workers, & Leased Employees" webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, June 30, 2020
  • "Reasonable Suspicion Training for Marijuana" webinar
    Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council, June 23, 2020
  • "Complying with the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance" webinar
    June 16, 2020
  • "Scheduling Nightmare:  Complying with the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance" webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, May 27, 2020
  • Illinois Valley SHRM, May 26, 2020
  • "Road to Recovery:  Preparing to Re-open Your Business" webinar
    Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce, May 13, 2020
  • Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, May 8, 2020
  • Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council, May 7, 2020
  • May 5, 2020
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce, May 5, 2020
  • Illinois Valley SHRM, April 1, 2020
  • Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce, March 30, 2020
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce, March 25, 2020
  • Quarterly HR Roundtable Discussion moderator
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • “Business Briefing: Legislative Impact Alert”
    Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, June 12, 2019
  • “Independent Contractors, Interns, Temporary Workers, & Leased Employees” webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, April 24, 2019
  • “Business Briefing: Employer To-Do List”
    Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, April 16, 2019
  • “Business Day 2019: Recreational Marijuana”
    Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, February 20, 2019
  • "Best Practices for a Diverse & Inclusive Workplace" webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, December 2018
  • "Complying with the FMLA and ADA When Your Employee is Dealing with a Mental Health Condition” webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, June 2018
  • “Off-Duty Protests and Hate Speech in the Workplace -- Can Employers Terminate?” webinar
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, November 17, 2017
  •  “He’s an Independent Contractor … Or is He? Answer Carefully?”
    1871, March 22, 2017

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