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Jody Kahn Mason

Principal
Chicago

P 312-803-2535
F 312-787-4995
Jody.Mason@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Jody Kahn Mason is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C., and has been with the firm since 2011. She has extensive litigation experience and regularly defends employers in employment disputes pending before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.  Ms. Mason has significant jury-trial experience and is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 

Ms. Mason partners with employers to minimize workplace disputes by providing practical advice, proactive strategies, and creative solutions to potential issues with employees.  When litigation is unavoidable, Ms. Mason has successfully litigated cases on behalf of employers accused of harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, tortious interference, breach of contract, and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, and other alleged wrongful conduct.   

Ms. Mason routinely counsels employers regarding the laws which protect sick and injured employees, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and FMLA, and helps employers navigate complex disability, health, and leave management issues.  Ms. Mason frequently guides employers through the ADA’s interactive process and helps employers ensure compliance with the technicalities of the FMLA.  Ms. Mason also regularly provides guidance to employers regarding the complexities of the Chicago and Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinances.  Ms. Mason speaks and writes frequently regarding disability and leave management issues.  She strives to help employers avoid litigation entirely, or if that is not possible, to mitigate the risks and costs inherent in litigation.   

Additionally, Ms. Mason routinely counsels employers regarding a multitude of employment issues such as the implementation of reductions in force, drafting employee handbooks, negotiating separation agreements, compliance with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.  As a member of the Jackson Lewis Higher Education Industry Group, Ms. Mason also has experience defending denial of tenure cases and providing counseling regarding high profile or sensitive faculty matters, including leave management advice against the backdrop of an educational setting.  Ms. Mason also has wide-ranging experience both conducting investigations of employee complaints and advising clients regarding internal investigations.  She regularly conducts workplace training on a number of topics to help employers identify and prevent possible workplace disputes.    

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis P.C., Ms. Mason worked at a Chicago-based litigation boutique where she represented a number of companies involved in complex litigation, including product liability, pharmaceutical, medical malpractice, environmental, and general tort litigation. 

Honors and Recognitions

Jody Kahn Mason
Rated by Super Lawyers


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Professional Associations and Activities

  • Federal Bar Association

Published Works

  • “Recruiting Update: Make Sure Your Hiring Practices Comply With Current Law,” Illinois Banker (February 2016) [Co-Author]

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October 29, 2018
Cook County Record

Jody Kahn Mason Discusses Implications of Cook County's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

October 29, 2018

Jody Kahn Mason discusses implications surrounding Cook County's ordinance requiring employers in the community, and whose employees work in the community, to provide paid sick leave in "Northbrook opts in to Cook County paid sick leave ordinance, more uncertainty for employers, lawyer says," published by Cook County Record. ... Read More

November 7, 2017
SHRM

Jody Kahn Mason Authors "Chicago Adopts Law Protecting Hotel Workers from Sexual Assault"

November 7, 2017

Jody Kahn Mason authors "Chicago Adopts Law Protecting Hotel Workers from Sexual Assault," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 31, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500

May 31, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 31, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee health and retirement plans,... Read More

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January 25, 2019

Actual Harm Not Required to Sue Under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Law

January 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that individuals need not allege actual injury or adverse effect, beyond a violation of his or her rights under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), in order to qualify as an “aggrieved” person and be entitled to seek liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, and injunctive... Read More

October 30, 2017

Chicago Adopts ‘Hands Off Pants On’ Law to Protect Hotel Workers from Sexual Harassment, Assault

October 30, 2017

To provide hospitality workers greater protections against sexual harassment and assault, the Chicago City Council passed the “Hands Off Pants On” Ordinance on October 11, 2017. The Ordinance requires all hotels in the City to adopt a panic button system and an anti-sexual harassment policy. The Ordinance was passed after months of... Read More

September 25, 2017

ADA Does Not Provide Medical Leave Entitlement to Worker Seeking Post-FMLA Leave, Seventh Circuit Holds

September 25, 2017

In a significant ruling for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a request for a two-to-three-month leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, No. 15-3754 (7th Cir. Sept. 20, 2017). Companies that have faced... Read More

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Village of Glenview Latest Municipality to Opt Back In to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance
February 14, 2019

On February 7, 2019, the Village of Glenview, Illinois, voted to opt back in to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, effective July 1, 2019. In doing so, Glenview joins the growing list of suburban municipalities to reconsider their previous opt-outs, including Wilmette, Northbrook, and Western Springs. Read More

Village of Northbrook Opts Back In to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance
October 15, 2018

Are you tired of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave roller coaster, yet? Read More

Cook County Sick Leave Entitlement Being Taken to the Voters
August 10, 2018

Although municipalities in suburban Cook County have — as we have previously reported — overwhelmingly opted out of the requirements of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, the County Board of Supervisors has decided, by majority vote, to let the voters weigh in on the issue. Read More