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PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Jun 25, 2013

SCOTUS Workplace Harassment Decision Likely To Hurt Workers Facing Discrimination

Victims of workplace harassment and discrimination suffered a major setback Monday, according to critics of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hold Ball State University (BSU) responsible for racial discrimination and harassment of an African American kitchen worker in 2005.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Jun 24, 2013

Workers' Group Rallies Behind Wait Staffer Claiming Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination (VIDEO)

Shakita Moore said she was treated less than human during her three months of employment at Jason’s Deli in Chicago.

With the help of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC), she filed a charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the restaurant Friday, claiming she was sexually harassed, racially discriminated against and wrongfully terminated.

“They say they treat their workers with dignity and respect, but they don’t, or I wouldn’t be unemployed right now,” said Moore, 20, during a protest today at the deli. “But I can’t just walk away from this, my pride won’t let me.”

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Jun 17, 2013

Rampant Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination In Will County Warehouses Leads To New Task Force (VIDEO)

An overwhelming majority of women employed in Will County’s warehouses regularly face sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace, according to Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ). The organization has partnered with local lawmakers to form a special task force intended to address the issue.

The seven-person task force, comprised of several Joliet City Council members,Will County Board members and community activists, announced their formation at a press conference Monday.

The group aims to determine the scope of the problem and prepare preventative policy recommendations by 2014.

“I’ve seen women be targeted or retaliated against because they spoke out or refused sexual advances from supervisors,” said Cindy Marble, a lifelong resident of Joliet and community organizer with WWJ.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Wed May 1, 2013

Thousands Attend Chicago May Day Rally, Push For Comprehensive Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Thousands of protesters took part in Chicago's May Day events Wednesday to stand for workers’ rights, demand a simplified pathway to citizenship and call for the end of deportations while a new immigration law is being hashed out in Congress. Progress Illinois was there for the day's events.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Apr 3, 2013

Debate On CPS School Closures Heats Up At Chicago Board Of Education Meeting (VIDEO)

There was no shortage of heated words today at the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meeting as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett presented her final school closure plan. Parents, teachers and activists all urged board members to consider the consequences the school actions will likely have on Chicago's communities.