Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2016 - This recent racial discrimination lawsuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 15-cv-0141, alleges Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act.
Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. is located in Cutler, Saline County. They allegedly encouraged racial discrimination, engaged in retaliation and wilfully promoted a hostile workplace.
According to the lawsuit filed by Tyree Neal Sr. in December 2015, the company is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Neal allegedly experienced acts of harassment and discrimination based on his skin color and bore the brunt of disparate treatment in the workplace in relation to assignments, warnings, promotions, reprimands and other forms of discipline.
“The statement of claim indicates Neal was hired in 2014 to work as a trucker. Neal alleges he was discriminated against because he is African-American, that his employer did not take action to remedy the workplace situation and retaliated against him for reporting discrimination,” said Chicago employment harassment attorney, Timothy Coffey, not involved in this case.
Neal did complain to management about dealing with racial slurs, but allegedly, the company did nothing. In fact, Neal was reassigned to a different, lower paying position after he complained. The working conditions at Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. became so intolerable that Neal left five months after being hired.
“The plaintiff in this lawsuit is seeking compensation for future as well as past losses, an award of all compensation and benefits lost as a result of the defendants illegal actions, and punitive damages,” said Coffey. “If you are in a situation such as this, contact an experienced employment harassment/discrimination lawyer. You need to know your rights and what to expect should your case go to court.”
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