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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. She is an experienced employment law litigator, a member of the Federal Trial Bar, and regularly defends employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Ms. Mason handles all types of single plaintiff and class action employment litigation, including claims of discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation, matters arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). Additionally, Ms. Mason routinely counsels employers regarding a multitude of labor and employment issues such as sick leave policies, complex leave management, reductions in force, employee handbooks, personnel policies, internal investigations, and separation agreements. Ms. Mason also has substantial experience both defending and prosecuting cases involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets. In addition, Ms. Mason regularly conducts management and employee training on a variety of topics.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis P.C., Ms. Mason worked at a Chicago-based litigation boutique where she represented a number of businesses, hospitals, physicians and corporations involved in complex litigation, including product liability, pharmaceutical, medical malpractice, environmental, and general tort litigation. Ms. Mason has defended companies in trials in federal and state courts throughout the Midwest.

Honors and Recognitions

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • DRI
  • Illinois State 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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November 7, 2017
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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
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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

January 4, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter

January 4, 2016

Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the fourth quarter of 2015. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm... Read More

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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

September 15, 2017

Employers Increasingly Targets of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Lawsuits

September 15, 2017

Although the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been the law in Illinois since 2008, in the past year, there have been at least 12 class actions filed against employers in Illinois state and federal courts seeking to redress alleged violations of the Act. With recent advances in technology, the use of biometric data has... Read More

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District Courts in the Seventh Circuit Begin to Clarify Landmark Severson Decision
June 7, 2018

As we have previously reported, on September 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a significant ruling for employers in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., 872 F.3d 476 (7th Cir. Read More

Continued Focus on Disability, Leave Management Issues in 2018
March 6, 2018

With the New Year fading from view in the rearview mirror and spring on the horizon (at least for those of us in the Midwest), there are several signs that disability and leave management issues will continue to be hot topics in 2018. Read More

Seventh Circuit Holds that the ADA Is Still Not a Leave Statute
November 10, 2017

On October 17, 2017, on the heels of its landmark decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer in its unpublished opinion in Golden v. Indianapolis Housing Agency, No. 17-1359 (7th Cir. Oct. Read More