José J. Behar

T. 312.604.2614
F. 312.604.2615

José J. Behar is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He concentrates his practice in the areas of complex litigation, civil rights, employment discrimination, and labor law. Mr. Behar represents individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations, and has successfully tried numerous cases concerning claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, national origin discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation, wage-and-hour violations, and unlawful discharge, in federal courts, state tribunals, arbitrations and before administrative agencies. Mr. Behar has extensive experience drafting and consulting with clients about employee manuals and human resources policies, conducting training on the anti-discrimination and wage-and-hour laws, as well as conducting investigations of discrimination allegations. Mr. Behar also represents clients in all aspects of executive agreements and severance negotiations, including non-competition and non-solicitation issues.


  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1990)
    • Co-Chair, Julius H. Miner Moot Court
  • University of Michigan (A.B. 1987)
    • with distinction


Bar Admissions
  • Illinois (1990)
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Spanish

Professional Recognition

  • Two-time recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Leading Lawyer — Illinois Leading Lawyers Network

Memberships / Associations

  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
Civic / Community
  • Board Member, Chicago Access Network Television
  • Escalera Program Mentor, National Council of La Raza

Speeches and Presentations

  • National Origin Discrimination: What You Need To Know, Panelist discussion at the Technical Assistance Program Seminars of the EEOC (Aug. 2015).
  • Panelist, Strategies for Using Section 1983 Litigation in a Poverty Law Housing Practice: Perspectives from the Private Bar, presented to LAF Chicago (May 2015).
  • Faculty, 2014 Racial Justice Training Institute, presented by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (June 2014).
  • Trial Practice Series: The Trial of A Retaliation Case, presented by the ISBA Labor & Employment Section (Sept. 12, 2013).
  • Working with Immigrant and Migrant Populations, Address at an in-house training event for the EEOC in Chicago (Mar. 19, 2012).
  • The EEO Laws: Proving a Case of Discrimination and Filing a Charge with EEOC, IDHR, the Cook County Commission on Human Relations and the Chicago Commision on Human Relations, Address at a private client training event (Jan. 10, 2011).
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment, Address at a private client training event (Apr. 2008).

  • Jones v. Walgreen Co. Represented a nationwide class of women retail store management employees in a Title VII class action lawsuit against the nation’s largest drugstore chain. The settlement provided for monetary relief of $17 million, as well as an injunction requiring both objective criteria for pay and promotions decisions involving female managerial employees and outside review of gender equity compliance efforts.
  • Lynch v. Huberman. Obtained a preliminary injunction order on behalf of several Chicago Public Schools teachers after a district court judge held that the Chicago Board of Education had violated their First Amendment rights to political speech. Read case details.
  • Successfully litigated claims including labor trafficking, race discrimination, and wage and hour violations for a group of migrant farmworkers, resulting in a favorable resolution for our clients.
  • Successfully litigated constitutional claims on behalf of wrongful death beneficiaries of a federal inmate who received inadequate medical care and died in solitary confinement in private prison. The case was favorably resolved for our clients.
  • Represented a successful sales representative in litigation against a computer software firm for sex and age discrimination that led to her disparate treatment and termination, which resulted in a favorable resolution for our client.