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Appeals court: EEOC can keep investigating Union Pacific even after specific discrimination case tossed

Federal employment discrimination regulators are not limited to pursuing their own discrimination investigations against employers, even after a case under which the agency launched an investigation is dismissed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Machinist's claims work fumes caused cancer vs Union Pacific, Safety Kleen headed back to Cook court

A machinist’s case against Union Pacific, claiming the railroad should be made to pay for allegedly exposing him to toxic fumes and products at work, allegedly causing his renal cancer, has been sent back to Cook County court, after a federal judge determined the Federal Employees Liability Act doesn't let it pull out of state court.

Instant Risk: Litigation threat could imperil schools' ability to instantly message parents, others

A class action lawsuit now pending in Chicago’s federal courts could imperil the ability of schools to instantly send out voice and text messages and emails to parents, students and the community to inform them of emergency situations and other school-related matters, according to one company that specializes in providing schools with such messaging services.  And should such services disappear, schools in Illinois and elsewhere could be left scrambling to adapt to an enforced new legal reality, school officials said. 

Applebee's franchisee allegedly failed to pay employees overtime wages

Employees of an Applebee's location have filed a class-action lawsuit against franchisees RMH Franchise Corp., RMH Illinois LLC and RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. for allegedly not paying them for overtime work they performed.

Court filings: Lawsuit vs SchoolMessenger imperils schools' ability to text, call parents, students

The call center company behind the SchoolMessenger service, which specializes in helping schools across the country instantly communicate with parents, students and their communities, is in federal court in Chicago, attempting to fend off a massive class action lawsuit they warn could disrupt the ability of the schools who rely on the vendor to send text and voice messages requested by parents to spread the word about school events, including school closings and other emergencies.

IL Supreme Court: Worker can't collect from U.P. for injuries under federal law unless railroad at fault

The Illinois Supreme Court has derailed a Downstate appellate ruling, saying a railroad employee, who sued his employer under a federal liability law for injuries suffered in an accident, cannot collect damages from the railroad if a third party was completely at fault.

Worker can't sue Union Pacific for legs amputated in accident while scrapping RR bridge: IL Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court restored a ruling in favor of Union Pacific Railroad in a court fight with a worker, employed by a third-party contractor,whose legs were amputated while removing and scrapping an abandoned railroad bridge in Chicago, as the court’s majority said a state appeals court was wrong to overturn the ruling of a Cook County judge who found the railroad owed no duty in this case to the scrap contract worker. 

IL Supreme Court to tackle hospital property taxes, rights of protesters in Grant Park

The Illinois Supreme Court will weigh in on the question of whether Illinois law can constitutionally exempt hospitals from paying property taxes, and whether the city of Chicago can use curfew laws to keep protesters out of Grant Park over night.

Man accuses UP, Metra of negligence after being hit by trains

A Cook County man is suing Union Pacific Railroad and Metra, based on a claim that he was struck by two commuter trains that were allegedly speeding in hazardous conditions after a snowstorm last year.

Private at-will employees not shielded from termination for supporting unions, appeals panel says

Two men who supported an attempt to unionize an Illinois railroad company are not protected by the law from being fired for their support for organizing their coworkers, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Judge: Enough doubt over whether crossing gates worked to allow trial in death of man killed by Metra train in Des Plaines

A federal judge has ruled a widow’s lawsuit against Union Pacific raises enough questions about the death of her husband in a collision with a commuter train that the case should proceed to trial.

Union Pacific Railroad Co. sued over claims of negligence following hand brake incident

A locomotive engineer is suing Union Pacific Railroad Co. following injuries he allegedly sustained following a hand brake malfunction.

Man sues Metra, Union Pacific for wrongful death of wife

A Cook County man is suing Metra and Union Pacific for the wrongful death of his wife, who died after she was struck by a commuter train.

Rail worker alleges workplace injuries

A railroad worker is suing a major rail carrier, alleging injuries suffered while working in a local rail yard.

Railroad worker blames fall on employer, boots with cleats

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Truck driver sues Union Pacific, others over fall at area rail yard

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Engineer sues Union Pacific Railroad Co. over slip and fall on floor

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Welding crew supervisor slaps Union Pacific, Snelten Inc. with suit over foot injury

A Whiteside County man is suing over claims he was injured while supervising a track welding crew.

Wrongful death suit against Union Pacific heads back to state court; Seventh Circuit said it lacked jursidiction to hear appeal

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Suit: Car operator who felt ill collapsed after waiting two hours for replacement

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