MHB Wins Jury Verdict for Woman Fired Because of Her Breast Cancer

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On Thursday, April 20, 2017, a federal court jury found Generations Healthcare Network at Oakton Pavillion, LLC, a Des Plaines nursing home, liable for firing its former Director of Nursing because she had breast cancer.  The jury awarded $400,000 in damages for  emotional injuries, one of the largest such awards in Illinois under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Plaintiff alleged that when Generations found out she had cancer in June of 2014, it immediately began a hunt for her replacement.  Generations purchased the nursing facility on September 1, 2014 and just 10 days later, the Plaintiff was fired. Immediately after the Plaintiff was fired the administrator of the facility, told the staff that the Director of Nursing was let go because of her health.

A jury of seven deliberated four hours before finding that Generations actions violate both federal and state laws protecting people from being discriminated against because of a disability such as cancer.

One of the attorneys for the Plaintiff, Jeffrey Taren, with MacDonald Hoague & Bayless stated: “This case shows that cancer survivors continue to face discrimination in the workplace.  This verdict is proof that women like the Plaintiff, who stand up for their rights, can obtain justice.”

 

Class Action Investigation for Wage Violations by Jackson Hewitt

Beginning in the 2013 tax season (approximately January 2014 through April 2014) and continuing to the present, Jackson Hewitt has run promotions offering $50-100 gift cards for qualifying customers who hired Jackson Hewitt to complete their tax returns. We are investigating allegations that Jackson Hewitt deducted the value of these gift cards from individual tax preparers’ revenues, lowering their earned commissions. In doing so, Jackson Hewitt may be violating the tax preparers’ commission contract or Washington’s wage laws.

If you worked as a tax preparer during anytime from January 2013 to the present, we would like to hear about your experience. You may be entitled to recover lost compensation from Jackson Hewitt. Please email attorney Jesse Wing at jessew@mhb.com, or call him at (206) 622-1604.