Peter A. Milianti Partner

Peter's practice focuses on labor and employment litigation with an emphasis on discrimination lawsuits of all types and whistleblower retaliation claims.

He has represented management before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Department of Labor, and in state and federal courts. He has defended actions brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act,  Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Equal Pay Act, Illinois Human Rights Act and wage and hour disputes under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Peter has also practiced before the National Labor Relations Board in defense of unfair labor practice charges and issues surrounding union representation elections. He counsels clients on employee relations matters including employment agreements, confidentiality and noncompete agreements and separation agreements. Peter also assists clients in the development of personnel policies including employment applications, employee handbooks and drug testing policies.

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Experience

Obtained summary judgment for a global telecommunications company on Title VII reverse race discrimination and retaliation claims. (February 2012).

Obtained summary judgment for a global telecommunications company on race harassment, disability, retaliation, and common law claims. (July 2011).

Secured dismissal for a global telecommunications company in a case alleging violations of Title VII, Section 1981, and various common law claims. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal to the 7th Circuit, and plaintiff’s certiorari petition to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied. (October 2010).

Obtained summary judgment for a global telecommunications company in a suit alleging disability discrimination, retaliation, and failure to accommodate under the ADA. (June 2008).

Obtained summary judgment on disability and retaliation case, as well as favorable award in earlier arbitration with plaintiff’s union. Manning v. The University of Chicago Hosp., 401 F.Supp.2d 858 (N.D. IL 2005).

Secured summary judgment for defendant hospital in a complex case under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act Amendments to Title VII, FMLA, and common law. Waugaman v. The University of Chicago Hosp., 00 C 2851 (N.D. IL April 2002).

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • Speaker, "Managing and Incentivizing Your Intellectual Capital," 14th Annual Business and Legal Issues in Dialysis and Nephrology Symposium, May 2016
  • Speaker, "Conducting Effective Investigations," Conducting Effective Investigations, October 2011
  • Speaker, "The ADA Amendments Act," The ADA Amendments Act, July 2009
  • Speaker, "The ADA Amendments Act," The ADA Amendments Act, May 2009
  • Speaker, "Current Issues in Employment Law: What Every Health Care Executive Needs to Know," Current Issues in Employment Law: What Every Health Care Executive Needs to Know, May 2009
  • Speaker, "Dealing with Difficult Leave and Accommodation Issues," Dealing with Difficult Leave and Accommodation Issues, June 2008
  • Speaker, "Anti-Harassment Training," Anti-Harassment Training, March 2008
  • Speaker, "ADA, WC and FMLA: Dealing With Absence Issues in an Acronym World," ADA, WC and FMLA: Dealing With Absence Issues in an Acronym World, June 2007
  • Speaker, "Anti-Harassment Training," Anti-Harassment Training, May 2007
  • Speaker, "Never on Sunday: Accommodating Religious Practices in the Workplace," McGuireWoods Webinar, November 2006
  • Speaker, "Dealing with Difficult Leave and Accommodation Issues," Dealing with Difficult Leave and Accommodation Issues, November 2006
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)," McGuireWoods 20th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, April 2005
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, JD, with Honors, 1997
  • The University of Iowa, BA, with Distinction, 1994

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, Illinois Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

  • Contributing Editor, Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration, Bloomberg BNA, 2008
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