In three separate hate crime cases, African American plaintiffs are awarded nearly $1.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages for racially motivated attacks that occurred in 2000. Antonio Ray was threatened with hanging and beaten by four white men while another held his girlfriend Jennifer Klans. Richard Burrell was forced to flee a restaurant because of racial slurs and death threats and was beaten by one of the restaurant patrons. Ronald Ross was driving a CTA bus when two men blocked the bus with their car and, screaming racial epithets, kicked in the bus door and windows, in attempt to enter the bus and attack Ross
In Ralphs Grocery Co. v. Doris Martinez and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, a nationwide employer with a policy forbidding employees from filing charges of discrimination with state investigative agencies, files an injunction action against an employee to compel her to withdraw her disability discrimination charge from IDHR and arbitrate the investigation. Lawyers successfully prevent the employer from obtaining any preliminary injunctive relief, and obtained a judicial determination that a mandatory arbitration agreement cannot preclude an employee from filing a discrimination charge.