job discrimination

Federal Appellate Court Gives OK To Discrimination Lawsuit Against Cook County

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court's decision to dismiss a Muslim woman's national origin case against Cook County.  Fozyia Huri, a Cook County Circuit Court employee, alleged that she was subjected to a hostile work environment for years.  Huri worked as a child care attendant until she was transferred to the court reporters' office in 2010.  She claimed that her supervisors screamed at her, accused her of misconduct, ostracized her, and denied her time off for a religious holiday.  She also claims that her employer retaliated against her after she made internal complaints.  The federal district court dismissed the case for failing to state a claim.  The federal appeals court disagreed, ruling that her allegations could be severe and pervasive enough to create an abusive environment.  Huri's case will now head toward trial.  It is possible that her case could be settled in advance, however.  Should Huri prevail, she would be entitled to recover compensatory damages and attorney's fees.

Hollander Law Offices Files New Disability Discrimination Suit

Elisa Madonia was formerly employed by S 37 Management, Inc. as a Customer Service Representative.  During the summer of 2013, her throat began to bother her.  She had taken a few days leave with her employer's permission.  All that changed in mid-October last year.  Madonia, unfortunately, was diagnosed with Stage III esophogeal cancer.  Her oncologist sent a note to her employer regarding the diagnosis.  Six days later, her employer fired her.  They told her that if the health insurance carrier found out that she was working less than full time, then she would be responsible for paying her medical expenses.  In an effort to pressure her to sign a release, which would have waived all of her employment claims, the employer told her that they would pay her COBRA premiums for seven months.  They also demanded an immediate payment for the premium in order to continue her health insurance coverage.  Madonia declined to execute the document, and retained The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander to represent her.  On January 29, 2014, the law firm filed suit on Madonia's behalf, alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act and COBRA.  CBS Channel 2 Chicago also covered the story.

Female Employee Sues Chicago White Sox for Sexual Discrimination

A woman who formerly worked for the Chicago White Sox filed a lawsuit alleging that the team and Major League Baseball discriminated against her when she was passed over for promotions because of her gender.  Deborah Theobald, the 33 year old woman, claimed that her work performance was outstanding, but nonetheless, she was passed over for upper management positions.  According to her suit, the woman claimed that when she applied for the job of manager of partnerships in 2004, a less qualified male was promoted.  The woman's lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Ms. Theobald, in her suit, claimed that the White Sox and the MLB promoted "the glass ceiling and intentional sexual discriminatory policies and practices."  The plaintiff quit her job in June, 2010.