By: Eugene Hollander
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Federal Appeals Court Rules That Lawyer Can Sue for Discrimination
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an associate attorney formerly employed by Johnson & Bell may pursue his employment discrimination case while the appeal of the dismissal of his defamation case from state court is pending. Meanith Huon brought a defamation case against her former employer alleging that the law firm defamed her in performance evaluations. In the discrimination case, Huon contends that he received unfavorable treatment due to his race and national origin. A lower federal court originally would not let both cases proceed simultaneously. Huon may have avoided this problem entirely had he brought all claims in one suit. He likely believed that his defamation claim would be more valuable if it proceeded in the Circuit Court of Cook County.