Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Genevieve M. LeFevour, and Associate, Amber N. Lukowicz, received dismissal of charges in front of the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR). In this case, a former, part-time employee stated that he successfully performed his job duties as a security guard when his employer allegedly discharged him due to his race. The former employee further alleged that similarly situated employees of different races were not discharged. Johnson & Bell argued that the employee was terminated for cause, based on his insubordination, performance issues, and violations of the security company’s policies. The security company even offered the employee a second chance if he would sign and acknowledge the company’s policies and procedures. The former employee refused to sign the policies and the company considered this to be his resignation. After a hearing before the IDHR, the IDHR dismissed all of the former employee’s charges against Johnson & Bell’s client asserting that there was no evidence to substantiate the former employee’s charge that he was discharged based on his race. Further, the IDHR found that the former employee was discharged for legitimate non-discriminatory reasons. This is the fourth win in the last three months in administrative employment actions for LeFevour and Lukowicz.
About Johnson & Bell's Employment Group
Johnson & Bell’s Employment group represents small, medium and large companies, public agencies as well as hospitals and other health care related entities with regards to their employment and labor issues. We have represented clients before various arbitration panels, state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the state and federal Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Human Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We also have handled defense of a major pharmacy in a Department of Labor whistleblower claims matter.