Amber N. Lukowicz: Representative Cases
- Secured a dismissal of employment discrimination claims made against a healthcare IT startup. In her Charge, the Complainant alleged claims of racial discrimination and retaliation. Complainant alleged as project manager at the company, she was subjected to racial harassment and discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Further, she alleged retaliation, in that when she complained about the alleged harassment to her supervisors no action was taken and she was threatened with discharge. In contrast, our client asserted that the Complainant was terminated for misrepresenting her abilities and knowledge during the interview process and failing to meet the expectations of the project manager role. In its investigation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found the Complainant’s Charge was unsupported and dismissed the matter.
- Secured summary judgment in favor of their transportation client, who was mired in a business dispute over an alleged promise of start-up funding. In this case, plaintiff sought more than $500,000 in damages. Plaintiff claimed they were retained to create an Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant ride-sharing program in Chicago – with the help of $500,000 of start-up funding allegedly promised by employees of Johnson & Bell’s client. Plaintiff claimed that the funds were never provided, despite plaintiff investing more than $125,000 in services into the venture. Plaintiff charged Johnson & Bell’s client with promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment in its complaint. The court accepted the plaintiff’s version of the facts. However, it still ruled in favor of Johnson & Bell’s transportation client.