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Sue Walsh
Hennessy & Roach
Chicago
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B.S, Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago (1994)

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law (1998)

Admitted to practice in Federal Court (1998)

 

Professional Affiliations:     

Member of the Chicago Bar Association

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

 

Practice Areas:

Defense of workers’ compensation, employment and labor claims in Illinois.  Representation of employers in union negotiations.

 

SIGNIFICANT ARBITRATION/COMMISSION DECISIONS

 

Cynthia McMurty v. MacNeal Hospital

Petitioner sustained compensable injuries to her back while lifting mops at work.  She underwent lumbar and thoracic surgeries.  Pursuant to a FCE, she was given permanent restrictions of no lifting greater than 20 pounds which prevented her from returning to her former job in housekeeping at MacNeal Hospital  The parties negotiated a settlement of $150,000.00 as a compromise of a potential wage differential award.  Petitioner refused to execute the settlement contracts, fired her attorney and proceeded to hearing pro-se.   Following the hearing and due to a lack of evidence, the Arbitrator found that Petitioner failed to prove that she sustained an accidental injury at work and denied all benefits.

 

Jon McClory v. Armstrong

Petitioner worked as a mover for Armstrong.  He sustained compensable injuries to both hands and underwent multiple surgeries.  The parties proceeded to trial before Arbitrator Dollison who awarded TTD, maintenance benefits and vocational rehabilitation finding that Petitioner was unable to return to his former job as a mover.  Respondent appealed this matter to the IWCC which overturned the Arbitrator’s award of maintenance and vocational rehabilitation and remanded this matter for a determination on permanency.  Petitioner filed an appeal to the Circuit Court which he later withdrew and agreed to settle this matter for $35,000.00 to resolve all issues.

 

Sillman v. City of Chicago

Petitioner, a laborer, alleged that she injured her neck and back while lifting bags of mortar.  Petitioner had a prior injury in 2002 and it was our position that her complaints were the continuation of her original injury.  The Arbitrator agreed with Respondent’s position and found that Petitioner failed to prove a compensable accident on October 15, 2009 and denied all benefits.

 

SIGNIFICANT EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS

Peters, James v. New Forest Home Cemetery

The full Board of Review for the Illinois Department of Employment Security affirmed the Referee’s decision finding that Peters was not eligible for unemployment benefits due to his violation of company policy.  Claimant never filed an appeal and the Board’s decision became final.

 

Garcia, Mario v. New Forest Home Cemetery

The Department of Labor dismissed Garcia’s wage claim because the Department found that the issue was governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the parties.

 

Garcia, Mario v. New Forest Home Cemetery

On January 26, 2016, the IDHR dismissed his discrimination claims (national origin and ancestry) due to lack of substantial evidence.  The EEOC adopted the IDHR’s decision that he failed to produce substantial evidence of his alleged discrimination claim.

 

Morales, Fidel v. New Forest Home Cemetery

The EEOC agreed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights that Morales failed to prove substantial evidence to support his alleged claim of discrimination.

 

Vega, Luis v. New Forest Home Cemetery

The EEOC and IDHR dismissed Vega’s alleged discrimination claims due to lack of substantial evidence.

 

Villafuerte, Joel v. New Forest Home Cemetery

Following an investigative hearing at the IDHR and request for additional information, the Investigator urged Villafuerte to voluntarily dismiss his claim.  The EEOC dismissed the claim for lack of substantial evidence.

 

Sheryl Dzoga v. New Forest Home Cemetery

Claimant received unemployment benefits but it was not charged against the Cemetery and did not affect our Unemployment rating.

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