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CPS Employee Says Supervisor Sexually Harassed Her Repeatedly

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who works for the Chicago School Board is suing her employer and her supervisor claiming she was regularly sexually harassed at work for more than a year. As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the woman filed suit against the Board of Education Thursday in U.S. District Court. She says her supervisor sent her sexually suggestive messages and made inappropriate sexual comment, and even made her change her work habits so he could be around her more. The woman, who works as a youth outreach worker for the Board of Education, claims her supervisor repeatedly told her the...

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Race Discrimination, or Just Workplace Conflict?

An Illinois material handler testified that he’d been treated badly throughout his 4 years of employment. And, he said, it was all because he is African American. But his employer disagreed, saying he deserved the discipline he was given. What happened. “Lennon” drove a forklift for Jacobson Transportation Co., a third-party logistics firm, at its Chicago Heights warehouse. For the first year of his employment, from 2003 to 2004, he was on the day shift with two supervisors. He later said they made fun of him, but the taunting wasn’t race-based. Then he was put on the night shift as the...

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Father of teen killed on camping trip sues tour company

The father of a Lake Forest teen killed by a falling tree while on a student camping trip in Wyoming last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tour operators. Elizabeth Burns of Lake Forest was helping set up camp in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness about 66 feet away from the base of a 75-foot tree when the tree fell and struck her. She never regained consciousness, witnesses said. Her father, Michael Burns, filed the federal wrongful death lawsuit in Chicago on Wednesday against Wilderness Ventures, the commercial backpacking company based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., that operated the tour. Father of teen...

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State revoking license of Joliet nursing home

By Janet Lundquist and Bob Okon Staff writers May 2, 2012 5:08PM State public health officials confirmed Wednesday they are in the process of revoking the license for a troubled Joliet nursing home. Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 777 Draper Ave., also was scheduled to be decertified for Medicare on April 1, said Melaney Arnold, communications manager for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Arnold could not confirm Wednesday that the center was scheduled to close May 15. A woman who answered the phone at Hillcrest on Wednesday said Amy Sparks, who is listed as the administrator of the facility on both the...

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Report: Sexual abuse of female farmworkers common

By Tracie Cone, Published: May 16 FRESNO, Calif. — Female farmworkers across the United States are commonly sexually harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. The survey by the international rights group mirrors two previous reports on the risks facing women and girls that had focused on California, where most of the nation’s farmworkers reside. “Our research confirms what farmworker advocates across the country believe: sexual violence and sexual harassment experienced by farmworkers is common enough that some farmworker women see these abuses as...

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Insane Clown Posse Show Was Too Crazy, Fan Says

By JOE HARRIS (CN) - A fan of the Insane Clown Posse sued the hip-hop group and the organizers of a southern Illinois music festival in Federal Court for personal injury. James Ford, a Delaware resident, says he was among dozens of fans invited onto stage during the Aug. 15, 2010, concert, dubbed as the "Gathering of the Juggalos" at Cave in Rock, Ill. Ford claims he suffered severe and permanent leg injuries after he fell into a modified trampoline on stage. Ford seeks damages for his injuries in the Southern District of Illinois. He is represented by Jeffrey Deutschman of Deutschman &...

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Psych Ward May Have Been Overkill for Mom

By LORRAINE BAILEY CHICAGO (CN) - Police and doctors may be liable for institutionalizing a grief-stricken mother who learned that her son had been shot and said, "If something happens to my son, I'll just die," a federal judge ruled. Susan and Thomas Dobrzeniecki live in Sauk Village, a suburb south of Chicago. In November 2009, the Dobrzenieckis' son Peter was shot in the face by an armed robber in Chicago Heights. When the police told Susan about the shooting, she allegedly said: "I'm a good person. Why does this keep happening to me? If something happens to my son, I'll just die." Susan...

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Overlooked and looked over: women veterans tell their story

by: John Bachtell May 1 2012 CHICAGO -- With extraordinarily high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and skyrocketing suicides, US military veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq occupations urgently need a means to share experiences and deal with the pain and trauma of war. And the growing number of active duty and veteran women in the armed forces need a means to share their unique experiences not least the pain and trauma of rampant sexual harassment, rape, assault and other violence while in the military. Women veterans are sharing their experiences in a powerful and eye opening exhibit at the National Veterans Art...

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Sexual Harassment in the Warehouse

By Kari Lydersen April 20, 2012 "We don’t go to work to be touched, to be talked down to, to be told what our bodies look like. We know what our bodies look like when we put on our clothes in the morning," Uylonda Dickerson said. But constant remarks about their bodies, and unwanted touching, advances, mean-spirited "pranks" and other forms of sexual harassment are a regular occurrence for many of the more than 30,000 women—like Dickerson—who work in the warehouse industry in the Chicago area, according to a report (PDF) released this week by the group Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ)....

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For colleges, rape cases a legal minefield

Posted: Apr 21, 2012 11:14 AM CDT Updated: Apr 21, 2012 11:14 AM CDT, By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer A closed- door encounter between two college acquaintances. Both have been drinking. One says she was raped; the other insists it was consensual. There are no other witnesses. It's a common scenario in college sexual assault cases, and a potential nightmare to resolve. But under the 40-year-old federal gender equity law Title IX - and guidance handed down last year by the Obama administration on how to apply it - colleges can't just turn such cases over to criminal prosecutors, who often...

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U of C Agrees to $10 Million Settlement in James Tyree Death

U of C signed the settlement without admitting fault, even though the suit claimed negligence The family of former Sun-Times publisher and Chicago Businessman James Tyree has reportedly agreed to a $10 million settlement with the University of Chicago medical center over a wrongful death suit, according to reports. The 53-year-old died accidentally last year after a dialysis procedure created a fatal air-embolism created when a catheter was removed. Pneumonia and metastatic stomach cancer were listed as secondary causes of death, according to the Medical Examiner. Half of the settlement, about $5 million, will be paid to Tyree's widow, Eve Tyree, and Tyree's...

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Clients: Attorney Took Our Money, Left Us High And Dry

KANKAKEE, Ill. (CBS) — A lawyer is accused of taking his clients’ money and leaving them high and dry, as he tried to decide whether to party in Chicago or California. As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the Facebook page of Illinois attorney Michael Duval says he’s updated his current city to Newport Beach, Calif. One client says Duval posted the question on Facebook — should he ring in the New Year in Chicago or California? Clients: Attorney Took Our Money, Left Us High And Dry...

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7 Rules for Recording Police

The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don't physically interfere with their work. Police might still unfairly harass you, detain you, or confiscate your camera. They might even arrest you for some catchall misdemeanor such as obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct. But you will not be charged for illegally recording police. Twelve states-California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington-require the consent of all parties for you to record a conversation. However, all but 2 of these states-Massachusetts and Illinois-have an "expectation of privacy provision" to their...

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Daughter of Palos Hills woman killed in ‘11 plane crash sues

The daughter of a Palos Hills woman killed in a 2011 plane crash in Missouri filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. Vilma Biliene filed the suit regarding the death of her mother, Violetta Badagliacco, against Chicago-based Neplusultra Corp. and the estate of the pilot, who was also killed in the crash. They were on a single-engine Piper aircraft headed from Palm Coast, Fla., to Eau Claire, Wis., when they disappeared from radar just before 2 a.m. March 27, 2011, according to preliminary findings from the National Transportation Safety Board. Link ...

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One facility’s record of alleged violence

Chicago police responded to 34 reports alleging battery, assault or sexual violence from 2009 to 2011 at Rainbow Beach Care Center, while health inspectors cited other violence. "The facility vehemently denies any allegations of wrongdoing and is aggressively defending against" the state citations, said facility attorney Holly Turner. March 2009 to January 2010: An "extremely violent" 54-year-old man repeatedly struck residents, breaking one woman's nose and eyeglasses. Inspectors said the facility did not have a plan for dealing with his aggressive behavior. August 2009 to January 2010: A 43-year-old male resident allegedly assaulted at least seven people in the facility, punching several...

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More CEOs resign amid controversy

MARK HURD, EX-CEO OF HEWLETT-PACKARD In late June 2010, lawyer Gloria Allred, on behalf of former marketing contractor Jodie Fisher, sent a letter accusing Hurd and HP of sexual harassment. A company investigation found no merit to her claims. Through the course of the investigation, though, HP said it discovered that Hurd had falsified some reports to disguise some expenses he incurred that ranged from $1,000 to $20,000 each for meals and travel with Fisher. Both Hurd and Fisher said that the relationship was not sexual. Hurd also insisted that the expenses he made were for legitimate business purposes and offered to pay...

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Report finds many girls and LGBTQ students feel unsafe in Chicago public schools

by Lacy Schley April 12, 2012 Sexual harassment strikes nearly half of Chicago public middle and high school students, according to a report released Wednesday evening by Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE). And nearly 65 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer and questioning students feel unsafe, according to the same report. Other statistics released in the report showed nearly 11 percent of Chicago high school girls stated feeling too unsafe to go to school. Link...

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Report on Botched Surgery Is Privileged

CHICAGO (CN) - A federal judge refused to order the release of a peer-reviewed report on a surgery in which doctors cut a woman's bowel, spilling its contents into her abdomen and causing an infection that killed her five days later. Maria Quintana underwent an October 2008 elective total hysterectomy at the Mount Sinai Hospital Center of Chicago. "During the surgery, her bowel was lacerated and its contents began leaking into her abdomen," the court explained. "Five days later, she died from an overwhelming infection." She is survived by her husband and four children. Ms. Quintana's estate sued the United States under the...

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NFL wants suit moved to federal court

CHICAGO (AP) – An attorney for relatives of the late Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson says the NFL wants to have a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the league moved from Cook County court to federal court. Thomas Demetrio says he'll fight the effort because he doesn't want the case lumped in with lawsuits filed around the country by former NFL players. Demetrio says the NFL wants the cases consolidated because the separate cases add up to what he calls a "bureaucratic nightmare" for the league. In the lawsuit, Duerson's family alleges the NFL negligently caused the brain damage that led the 50-year-old...

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Rekia Boyd Lawsuit: Family Of Unarmed Woman Killed By Off-Duty Chicago Cop Sues City

It was an unseasonably warm March night when 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was gunned down by an off-duty police officer in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood. Boyd was with a group of friends around 1 a.m. near 15th Place and Albany Avenue when off-duty Chicago Police Det. Dante Servin pulled up in an unmarked vehicle and told the group to "shut up," according to her family. What happened next, according to an attorney for Boyd's family, was truly shocking: After a verbal altercation with one person in the group, Servin allegedly opened fire. As the friends ran away, 39-year-old Antonio Cross was shot in his...

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Sexual assault allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro

The Chicago Police Department said Thursday the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is ongoing, and Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said he hopes the matter is resolved "shortly." "I really can't comment on any of Starlin's stuff," Ricketts said Thursday on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000. "I think you just have to refer back to his statements and our statements, and we just hope it's behind us shortly." Authorities interviewed Castro on Jan. 12. WBBM reported that the accuser, a woman in her 20s, was at a River North nightclub Sept. 29 when...

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Man Forgives Dog That Bit Off His Nose

Small business owner says he doesn't have insurance A northwest side Chicago man faces a mountain of bills and a long road to recovery after a pit bull bit off a portion of his face over the weekend. Bill Lesinski was visiting his downstairs neighbor at their home near O'Hare International Airport on Friday when the dog, named Monster, attacked him. "When I crouched down, the dog just lunged at me and grabbed me by the face," said Lesinski. "I have a torn part of the septum, the bottom part of my septum, and they have to reconstruct my whole nose." Link...

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Lawsuit: Daughter Fell From ‘Thrilling’ Slide, Broke Arm

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple is suing a playground equipment manufacturer, claiming a faulty slide sent their daughter from the playground to the hospital. As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Mark and Linda Jacobs of Chicago addressed reporters at their attorney’s office Monday, about a slide they say was not properly made and caused their daughter to fall. “This slide has a height of 75 inches, which is much taller than what I am,” said attorney Anthony Romanucci. “So you can imagine a fall from the top for a child. It can have devastating consequences.” Link...

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Ex-partner in Big Law blogs it all

By Ameet Sachdev Chicago Tribune reporter March 31, 2012 Steven Harper had a long and successful career as a trial lawyer. He was a partner at Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious law firms, and made enough money to leave the practice in 2008 at the age of 54. He hasn't quietly gone into retirement. Harper is one of the most outspoken critics of large law firms, writing a blog titled "The Belly of the Beast" and self-publishing a novel that paints a harsh picture of life inside a big firm. Link...

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Ex-city worker given 9 years for on-duty DUI crash that injured 7

Man worked for Chicago Streets and Sanitation at time (Chicago Police Department HANDOU) March 29, 2012|By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter A former city of Chicago employee was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for driving drunk on duty and crashing into a crowd of people on a Gold Coast sidewalk in May. Judge James Linn handed down the sentence for Dwight Washington, 62, who pleaded guilty last week to four counts of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm in the crash that injured seven people. Ex-city worker given 9 years for on-duty DUI crash that injured 7...

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Shipping giant FedEx to pay $3 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by US Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Shipping giant FedEx to pay $3 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by US Department of Labor Company will pay back wages and interest to more than 21,000 applicants rejected for jobs at 23 facilities in 15 states; reform hiring practices The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs today announced that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination by federal contractors FedEx Ground Package System Inc. and FedEx SmartPost Inc., both subsidiaries of Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. The agreement concludes compliance reviews...

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How to wrangle in docs gone wild

A physician who threatened to use an AK-47, a sexually harassing doctor who looked at porn on work computers and a specialist who used to cause nurses to draw straws with the loser having to interact with her. These were some of the horror stories about disruptive provider behavior that Dean White, a Texas-based consultant and former chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital in Dallas, had shared at this week's American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE) annual congress in Chicago. The Joint Commission requires that accredited institutions have a code of conduct that defines acceptable,...

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Law Firm’s Organizational Form, Insolvency Affect Extent of Members’ Personal Liability

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct™ By Joan C. Rogers CHICAGO—Law firms' switch to limited liability entities can give lawyers a false sense of security about their vicarious liability for claims arising from colleagues' conduct, according to a panel discussion March 2 at the 11th Annual Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference. In launching the panel on “How Limited Is Your Liability?” moderator Allison D. Rhodes joked darkly that the real topic was “how we get your house.” The speakers focused on a question of keen interest to lawyers everywhere: Under what circumstances can members of a...

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$450M AIG workers comp class action settlement receives formal approval

CHICAGO—A $450 million settlement of a class action suit brought against American International Group Inc. for its alleged underreporting of workers compensation premiums has been formally approved. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman approved the settlement in an order and memorandum on Feb. 28. The money is to be paid by New York-based AIG to 1,300 other commercial insurers. The insurers had alleged that they paid states more than their fair share of residual market assessments because AIG was assigned an improperly small share of high-risk workers comp policies. $450M AIG workers comp class action settlement receives formal approval...

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Lawsuit: Nursing home failed to protect patient from resident with `violent criminal record’

By Bridget Doyle TribLocal reporter March 8 The family of an Alzheimer’s patient who died after a physical altercation with another patient at Oak Park Healthcare is suing the west suburban nursing home for wrongful death, according to a press release issued Thursday by the family’s lawyers. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by Chicago-based Levin and Perconti, alleges the facility violated federal and state nursing home regulations in failing to protect patient from physical abuse and failing to provide appropriate supervision, according to the press release. Anibal Calderon, an 80-year-old resident of the Oak Park Healthcare Center, “was assaulted by a 66-year-old resident with...

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