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Spitzzeri Secures Dismissal in Employment Discrimination Case

April 5, 2019

Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Joseph F. Spitzzeri, secured 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.

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Johnson & Bell's Employment group represents small, medium and large companies, public agencies, municipalities and health care related entities with regards to their labor and employment 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.

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