Cozen O’Connor: Henry, Orly M.

Orly M. Henry

Associate

Chicago

(312) 382-3106

(312) 382-8910

Recent Publication:

Seventh Circuit Calls for Employees To Have “Thick Skin” in Sexual Harassment Case [Alert]

Orly Henry discusses the Seventh Circuit's decision and why, even though the legal threshold has not been lowered, employers should remain hyper-vigilant about responding to complaints of sexual harassment.

Orly represents the interests of employers in health care, higher education, real estate, finance, and manufacturing sectors, among others.

Orly has extensive experience defending employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies in individual, class, and collective actions on a wide variety of matters, including employment discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and contract disputes. She also provides counseling to employers on general compliance matters arising under various federal, state, and local laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the WARN Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Her practice also includes assisting employers in developing employment policies and conducting internal investigations.

Orly earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her law degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she was a senior articles editor of the Journal of Law and Social Policy. During law school, she externed for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to attending law school, Orly was an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin and worked in the publishing industry as an editorial assistant at Random House, Inc.

Orly is active with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, having served on the board of the Young Leadership Division from 2013 to 2018, including a term as president. She is currently serving as a member of the Community Building and Jewish Continuity Commission and the Scholarship Committee.

Experience

Publications

Seventh Circuit Calls for Employees To Have “Thick Skin” in Sexual Harassment Case [Alert]

January 17, 2019

Orly Henry discusses the Seventh Circuit's decision and why, even though the legal threshold has not been lowered, employers should remain hyper-vigilant about responding to complaints of sexual harassment.

Illinois Health Care Providers Subject to New Rules Regarding Workplace Violence

January 14, 2019

Orly Henry discusses what health care providers need to do to comply with the posting requirement and tweak their current policies and violence prevention programs to comply with the act.

EEOC Data for FY 2018 Shows Uptick in Sexual Harassment Claims as Number of Other Claims Falls [HR Headaches Blog]

October 24, 2018

On October 4, 2018, the EEOC announced preliminary sexual harassment data for FY 2018, which ended September 30. The acting chair of the agency, Victoria Lipnic, said the EEOC had received many requests for the data in the lead-up to the one-year anniversary of the reporting on Harvey Weinstein and...

Seventh Circuit Strikes Municipal Right-To-Work Law, Splitting with the Sixth Circuit [Labor & Employment Alert]

October 11, 2018

Orly Henry discusses the Seventh Circuit's ruling striking down a right-to-work ordinance passed by the village in Illinois, holding that the NLRA does not grant local governments the power to, among other things, bar mandatory union membership.

Seventh Circuit Defines Appropriate Test for Joint Employer Liability Under Title VII [Labor & Employment Alert]

September 20, 2018

Orly Henry discusses the decision in Frey v. Hotel Coleman and warns employers of potential exposure to liability under anti-discrimination statutes in their capacity as joint employers.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., with honors, 2007

Awards & Honors

Oy!Chicago, 36 under 36, 2016

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado