A discrimination suit against a nationwide temp staffing agency marks the second such complaint launched by a Chicago plaintiffs’ employment law firm in recent weeks alleging staffing companies have discriminated against African-American workers in favor of Hispanic laborers.
On Dec. 6, five plaintiffs, identified as Antwoin Hunt, James Zollicoffer, Norman Green, James Lewis and Kevin James, filed suit in Chicago federal court against MVP Staffing, formally known as Personnel Staffing Group LLC, alleging discriminatory hiring practices.
The lawsuit also named as defendants a group of businesses for which Deerfield-based Most Valuable Personnel provided temporary workers. These included Wheeling-based commercial printer Segerdahl Corporation; Mercury Plastics, of Chicago; printer MPS Chicago Inc., which does business as Jet Litho, of Downers Grove; Ari Packaging, of Alsip; Lawrence Foods, of Elk Grove Village; and Chicago-based Blommer Chocolate.
The workers are represented in the action by lawyers Christopher J. Williams and Alvar Ayala, of the Workers’ Law Office P.C., of Chicago, and lawyers Joseph M. Sellers, Shaylyn Cochran, Miriam R. Nemeth of the firm of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, of Washington, D.C.
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