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Scott Cruz

Senior Counsel
Office

Chicago

130 E. Randolph St.
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60601
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Fax: 312.985.5588
Education
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 2002
B.A., cum laude, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1999
State Bar Licenses
Illinois
Missouri

Scott Cruz

Senior Counsel

Scott Cruz represents both public and private sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including civil litigation and preventative counseling. He not only assists employers in drafting employment policies, employment agreements, and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, but helps companies enforce their non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and helps protects their trade secrets, proprietary information, customer relationships, investments in talent, and other valuable assets. 

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. Scott 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 also conducts workplace investigations and legal audits.

Scott has handled unemployment audits before the Illinois Department of Employment Security, in addition to defending unemployment compensation claims. He also has extensive civil litigation experience on behalf of educational institutions, including institutions of higher learning, 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 is an active member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Latino Network. Additionally, Scott is a mentor at the 1871 incubator where he provides counsel and guidance to 1871’s members on all aspects of employment law. 

Scott is a member of the Illinois State and the Chicago Bar Associations. He has presented to clients and organizations on topics including Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations and Analyzing & Defending Unemployment Insurance Claims. Scott 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. 

PRESENTATIONS & MEDIA:

  • In June 2018, Scott presented the webinar, "Complying with the FMLA and ADA when Your Employee is Dealing with A Mental Health Condition," for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
  • Scott has served as the Moderator for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly HR Roundtable Discussion and as a Panelist for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Webinar, "Everything You Need to Know About Internal Investigations."
  • In January 2018, Scott was quoted extensively in "Business News Daily" on the topics of establishing a positve company culture and implementing a fair complaint and response protocol pertaining to sexual harrassment in the workplace. 
Awards/Achievements
Forty Under 40 Lawyers in Illinois, 2017
10 Best Labor and Employment Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Illinois, American Institute of Legal Counsel
Memberships
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Alivio Medical Center, Board of Directors
1871, Mentor
Newsletter Alerts
Illinois Expands Protection For Nursing Mothers In The WorkplaceSecond Circuit Court of Appeals Holds That Title VII Covers Discrimination Based On An Individual's Sexual OrientationTo Have or Not to Have: Federal Lawmakers Seek to End Private Arbitration of Sex Harassment Claims in Arbitration AgreementsScore One for Employers: One Illinois Appellate Court’s Pre-Holiday Gift to Companies Facing Lawsuits Alleging Violations Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy ActA Round and Round We Go . . . The Department of Labor Announces a New White Collar Exemption Rule is in the WorksA Real Life Texas Hold'em: DOL Overtime Rule Struck Down by Texas Federal CourtDepartment of Labor Releases a Request for Information Seeking Public Comment on Overtime RegulationsWhat Have You Done for Me Lately? EEOC Issues Guidance on Curbing Harassment in the WorkplaceMinimum Wage Hike for Cook County Employers Effective July 1, 2017Chicago Issues Draft Regulations for Its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: How Do They Differ from the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance's Final Regulations?The Cook County Commission on Human Rights Issues Final Regulations Regarding Its Earned Sick Leave OrdinanceThe Cook County Commission on Human Rights Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Its Sick Leave OrdinanceSeventh Circuit Finds that Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Articles
"Sexual Harassment: Protecting Your Business and Employees," by Scott Cruz, the Illinois Manufacturer, Winter 2018 Issue"Wrongful Workplace Conduct: How to Investigate" By Scott Cruz in the Illinois Manufacturer Spring 2017 Issue
Presentations
"Complying with the FMLA and ADA When Your Employee is Dealing with a Mental Health Condition," by Scott CruzPresented on “Sexual Harassment Today: What Employers Need to Know,” IMA, April 2018"A Tale of Two Perspectives: Guide to an HR Audit" Webinar, April 5, 2018"A Tale of Two Perspectives: Guide to an HR Audit" Webinar, January 23, 2018WEBINAR: Defending Against Unemployment Insurance ClaimsWEBINAR: Navigating Through the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance
Videos
"Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act" by Scott Cruz for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association"Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinances" by Scott Cruz for the Illinois Manufacturers' Association