Employment Discrimination Clinic Files Class Action Challenge to Race Discrimination on South Side of Chicago

February 29, 2012

Cockroaches crawling out of your cable set-top box rates high on the ‘ick’ scale.  But on the south side of Chicago, it may be symptomatic of a deeper problem, and one that Wes Griffith (’12), Adam Susser (’13), and Professor Randy Schmidt of the Employment Discrimination Clinic are seeking to address.

The Employment Discrimination Clinic is in the midst of litigating a class action race discrimination complaint in federal court on behalf of eleven African American employees of Comcast Corporation.  The lawsuit alleges that Comcast has engaged in an ongoing pattern of race discrimination against African American employees at its South Chicago facility. That facility services customers located on the south side of Chicago. The South Side facility’s employee population is approximately 90% African American, and the customers served by the South Side facility are predominantly African American.

Plaintiffs allege that Comcast discriminated against employees at the South Side location by 1) forcing class members to work in substandard facilities which were infested with cockroaches and rats; 2) requiring South Side employees to install infested and/or defective equipment to its customers and denying them other necessary equipment and tools requi