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Miguel Alvarez posted a blog on Oct 8, 2008

Worker Fired for Opposing Racial Discrimination Sues Employer for Violating Federal Law

CHICAGO - Reynel Castillo filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago today against his former employer, Prime Staffing, Inc., alleging that the staffing agency illegally fired him for opposing discrimination against Hispanic job applicants. The lawsuit alleges that Prime Staffing told Castillo that he was fired because he complained about discrimination.

 

Laurie Wardell, Director of the Employment Opportunity Project of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, stated: “The employment discrimination laws have no teeth unless workers can complain of discrimination without fear that they will be fired.”

 

It is illegal for a staffing agency to accept applications or refer employees to work on the basis of their race. The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund are investigating several staffing agencies for steering employees to particular companies based on race.

 

The lawsuit alleges that Prime Staffing violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. Castillo seeks an order requiring Prime Staffing not to retaliate against workers who oppose discrimination, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

 

Mr. Castillo is represented by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and the firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP. The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is the public interest law consortium of Chicago’s leading law firms and has fought to eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for over 35 years. MALDEF is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States. The firm of Wildman, Harrold is a national law firm headquartered in Chicago. Wildman, Harrold is representing Mr. Castillo pro bono in this matter.