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.”
In light of recent events, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless civil rights lawyer, Jesse Wing, recently educated lawyers on how to enforce the First Amendment and State Constitutional right to assemble and demonstrate. At the Continuing Legal Education event sponsored by the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), Jesse explained the law and limits on government restrictions of demonstrations and protests, and how to respond to potential constitutional violations.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Joe Shaeffer, Andrew Chan and David Whedbee from MacDonald, Hoague and Bayless assisted efforts to keep two men from being deported. The results gained the release of the two individuals who were detained at Sea-Tac Airport after an executive order that was signed by the president on Friday essentially closed the United States borders for immigrant travelers from selected countries. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project released this statement: “Two clients represented by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ACLU of Washington and collaborating attorneys from MacDonald Hoague and Bayless and Pacifica Law Group have been released from the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at SeaTac airport. One of the clients is an engineer originally from Sudan but now residing in the United Arab Emirates and was attending an engineering conference in the U.S. The other individual who was detained by CBP is a Yemeni citizen who was born in Saudi Arabia and was coming to visit family here in the U.S. Both clients expressed their gratitude for the support of so many Americans. While in the custody of CBP, they were able to watch coverage of the protests at the airport and they both expressed gratitude for those expressions of solidarity. We are grateful to the many political leaders who urged their release.”
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Stop that plane: The frantic race to halt a deportation