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Johnson & Bell Successfully Defends Company Against Allegations of Age/Race Discrimination in IDHR Investigation

May 19, 2014

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Joseph F. Spitzzeri and Genevieve M. LeFevour, secured a dismissal of charges filed against their client for age and race discrimination.  In its investigation, the Illinois Department of Human Rights found a lack of substantial evidence to support the complainant’s case.  In this matter, the complainant, who was 40 years old, alleged that he was fired from his job because of age and race discrimination.  He further claimed that his discharge from the company was in retaliation to his filing the discrimination charges.  However, the company asserted that the complainant was discharged because he falsified documents about when he “clocked in” at the company.  Moreover, the company documented that the complainant was falsifying his “clocked in” time over a period of several weeks and resorted to having another employee “clock in” for him in his absence.  The investigator found a lack of substantial evidence to support the employee’s charges, noting that the employee was terminated for failing to comply with company policies.

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