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Janitor suing for alleged discrimination

November 14, 2012

CHICAGO — A janitor is suing the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for alleged discrimination, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

judgementRonnie Rush, an African-American, has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court after he received a right-to-sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the article stated.

According to the article, Rush was "subjected to retaliation and a hostile work environment because of his race" by the building manager.

"Ronnie Rush is not, and never has been, an employee of the foundation, and we believe the suit is completely without merit. We intend to vigorously defend the suit and expect the suit to be dismissed," said a spokesman for the MacArthur Foundation.

The case had its beginning back in 2007, when Rush first filed a complaint with the EEOC claiming the building manager discriminated against him, the article noted.

Though the issue was resolved in 2009 and Rush returned to his position, the lawsuit alleges that the building manager continued to harass Rush, including use of derogatory terms, the article added.

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