Moyenda Mutharika Knapp is an experienced employment, ERISA, and commercial litigator. Moyenda defends employers against claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also handles wage and hour disputes. Moyenda represents clients in state and federal courts, serves as first chair in jury trials, and represents clients before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), the Illinois Human Rights Commission (IHRC), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She also defends claim and plan administrators, welfare disability plans, and employers from long-term disability claims arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). In addition to litigating on behalf of clients, Moyenda counsels employers on various employment practices, conducts workplace investigations, and drafts and reviews employment related documents, such as separation agreements and employment manuals.
Moyenda co-authored and co-edited Chapter 4, "Race, Religion, and National Origin Discrimination," in the 2020 and 2021 editions of Practising Law Institute’s Employment Law Yearbook.
In her commercial litigation practice, Moyenda represents clients in claims for breach of contract and matters involving fraud, unjust enrichment, conversion, quantum meruit, violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act, actions for an accounting, and Carmack Amendment cases arising from interstate trucking losses.
Moyenda’s experience also includes insurance coverage litigation, including the defense of breach of contract and declaratory judgment actions, as well as bad faith matters. She has tried insurance coverage matters to verdict at bench and jury trials.
- Discrimination and harassment
- Wrongful termination
- Employment litigation (both state and federal courts)
- Employment and labor counseling and compliance
- Wage and hour disputes
- Leave and disability disputes