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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2016 – If racial discrimination can happen in New York, racial discrimination can happen in Illinois according to The Chicago Crusader. Racial discrimination has been an issue for what seems like hundreds of years. Despite education on the matter and enforcement of specific laws that ban such things, it still happens. Consider the case involving Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and its apprenticeship school. Both are facing a hefty $1.65 million in partial settlement of race discrimination claims launched against them by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2016 – Chipotle has faced a number of lawsuits relating to food borne illnesses as a result of exposure to Norovirus. This latest suit is for wrongful termination, discrimination, assault, sexual harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Ariana Castaneda filed her lawsuit seeking medical expenses, lost wages and benefits after she was allegedly sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated from her job as lead kitchen worker. Her suit named four Chipotle managers as the instigators of the harassment. Castaneda worked for Chipotle from December 2013 until February 2016 when she was fired. Castaneda’s first work shirt […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2016 – Karen Gauen, high school principal, alleges the Highland Community Unit School District No. 5 discriminated against her by paying her far less wages than less-qualified male counterparts. The lawsuit alleges sexual discrimination in that the school district paid principal Gauen a base salary of at least $25,000 more a year than she received. It is further alleged that the predecessor has far less experience as an educator and does not hold the qualifications Gauen does: national board certification, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in educational administration. The statement further alleges […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2016 – Southern Illinois University (SIU) faces a discrimination lawsuit by a Palestinian educator. Bilingual educator (English/Arabic) Sandra Tamari, filed a racial origin discrimination lawsuit (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 16-cv-0006) in January 2016, naming Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees as defendants. According to the statement of claim, Tamari, who is allegedly highly qualified, applied for the position of assistant director of graduate and international recruitment in early 2013. It is against the law for an employer to base […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2016 – Offensive racial comments and conduct directed at an African-American worker at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center resulted in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit was filed after attempts to reach a settlement first. Before the EEOC moves to file a discrimination lawsuit, they first conduct an investigation. In this case, the initial investigation found that an African-American worker bore the brunt of continuous offensive behavior, repeated remarks making reference to slavery and unceasing racial slurs. One particularly disturbing remark made reference to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2015 – Attorney Tim Coffey, a concerned parent and dedicated father, is a long-term volunteer in good standing with CASA of DuPage County, Illinois. He is an advocate for children and remains so for the duration of the child’s journey through the court system. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, otherwise known as “Friends of the Court.” Tim Coffey advocates and speaks to what is in the best interests of dependent, abused and neglected children caught up in the DuPage juvenile court system. “I firmly believe every child deserves to be treated […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2015 – What started as a class-action lawsuit against one Ford manufacturing facility has now burgeoned to include both Chicago manufacturing facilities, the Ford Chicago Heights stamping facility and the Torrence Avenue assembly plant. The focus of this class-action lawsuit is the allegation that the company failed to take action against rampant sexual harassment in its Chicago-area facilities. The suit was first launched by four women working at the Torrence Avenue assembly plant and was recently amended to include the Chicago Heights stamping plant. The initial lawsuit included four women. The amended suit […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – The fact that harassment training is not mandated under federal law does not serve as grounds for workplaces to ignore their duty to implement a harassment policy. Doing so may result in potentially severe liabilities. Sexual harassment is illegal, and any workplace that does not have a sexual harassment/harassment policy in place is asking for trouble if an employee does lodge a complaint. Even though it only makes good sense for a company to have a harassment policy that is clearly stated to their existing workers and new hires, not every […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2015 – After 17 years of enduring sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace, a female firefighter has spoken out publicly after filing suit against her battalion. Dena Lewis-Bystrzycki, a firefighter in Country Club Hills, Illinois, continues to be embroiled in a lawsuit she launched against her battalion in 2012. The suit alleged sexual harassment and gender discrimination, as well as other unwelcome behavior that was rampant in the workplace. Lewis-Bystrzycki was also recently suspended from duty, a move her legal counsel considers to be retaliation for filing the lawsuit and telling […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2015 – In some instances it may be assumed that once sued for discrimination, a business may implement changes that would bring any questionable practices into compliance with federal law. That was not the case with Rosebud Restaurants, which was recently sued for systemic sexual harassment and gender discrimination in their chain of restaurants. In the latest lawsuit filed against Rosebud Restaurants, two female workers allege in their statement of claim that they were continually subjected to being called obscene and sexist names, unwanted groping, humiliation and lack of promotion into leadership roles. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2015 – Sexual harassment on the job does not just happen in larger businesses. It may happen in a small business environment with a limited number of employees. Small business owners need to be as aware of sexual harassment laws as those who run and manage larger corporations. Not knowing about the prevailing legal ramifications of not dealing with sexual harassment on the job can lead to a major legal headache down the road. “Federally speaking, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, usually referred to as Title VII, governs not […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – Rules and regulations relating to what constitutes total disability under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) are confusing. What is the clear definition of total disability, or is there one? Total disability is close to being an open-ended definition to some managers who feel that an individual must be completely disabled 100 percent of the time. This is not the case. However, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to become eligible for FERS disability retirement. Those requirements include, but are not necessarily limited to: * The disability […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – Most sexual harassment cases are documented by a victim, reported to someone in authority and possibly taken to an experienced employment attorney. This unusual case lacked a victim. According to a statement of claim filed by LaShonda Peebles, former Chicago State University (CSU) president Wayne Watson pressured her to file false a sexual harassment claim against an opinionated professor he wanted silenced. She also asserts she was a victim of wrongful dismissal as a result of refusing to file a false sexual harassment claim. Peebles was the interim vice president of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2015 – Entertainment at a staff function for a limousine service company turned the meeting into an offensive, racially charged event. The incident that launched this racial harassment lawsuit began at a 2009 meeting hosted by CorpCar Houston Services, Limited CEO, Christopher Wolfington, and two managers, Stan Alcott and Andy Vanhaverbeke. When the meeting commenced, a gorilla-suited white woman came into the room after being invited in by Wolfington. She broke into Tarzan-like calls, sang, talked about “big black butts” and “big black lips,” sat in workers’ laps and spoke graphically about bananas […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – What would a worker do if their possibly questionable actions were captured on video in the workplace? The conflict between privacy and the right to know what workers are doing mirrors the balancing act that the iconic image of blindfolded Justice attempts with her scales. In order to determine if a worker’s right to privacy has been intrusively invaded it must be balanced against the employer’s right to know what is going on with employees in the workplace – a delicate task of drawing the fine line between two diametrically opposed […]


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strong>Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2015 – Despite the EEOC being around for decades, racial discrimination and sexual harassment are still prevalent in workplaces across the nation. A recent investigation at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant has revealed racial discrimination and sexual harassment. A class action lawsuit, filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a group of female workers, alleges that they were continuously the recipients of lewd comments, unwanted touching, numerous demands for sexual favors and phallic symbols, carved out of Styrofoam or rubber hosing, left in their work areas. In addition, these […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2015 – Alleged pregnancy discrimination is the reason for the departure of eight teachers from the Chicago Public Schools system at Scammon Elementary School. The Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit, by way of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), on behalf of two former pregnant teachers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system alleging that administration targeted these two women, and several others, for layoff and received poor performance ratings as a result of becoming pregnant or returning to their jobs after giving birth. The suit seeks monetary compensation and new […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2015 – Social media is the main method these days for staying in touch with family and friends. However, others may look for names and profiles online – such as potential employers. “The last thing you want a potential employer or current employer to know about you is that your favorite thing to do is drinking yourself blind at parties and posting online pictures of yourself with a lampshade on your head,” advises Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. “While you may never put a lampshade on your head, the point remains the same. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Telecommuting is a common working arrangement these days. Make sure any work-at-home agreements with an employer are clearly written. With the exception of workers living in Montana, at-will employment laws are in play across the U.S. That means an employer may lay a worker off, cut pay, terminate or demote them at any time, for virtually any non-discriminatory reason. All these laws still apply if an employee works at home. The United States is one of very few countries where employment is at-will in all states, save Montana. The rationale behind […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2014 – Everyone with a job should have benefits of some kind. The law mandates that an employer must provide them. “Working full-time usually means you get a paycheck – cash to be put into the bank. But you get more than that; you also receive benefits. Those benefits may take the form of paid vacation or health insurance, referred to as non-cash benefits,” stated Timothy J. Coffey, a Chicago employment attorney. Benefits received are to provide for family and improve quality of life. The IRS allows certain tax breaks for many employment […]


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