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IL Supreme Court: State wrong to deny unemployment benefits to American Airlines worker fired for upgrading passenger

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 5, 2016, 12:57pm

An American Airlines worker who was fired by the airline for helping a passenger secure a seating upgrade and some champagne for the flight has been cleared to collect unemployment benefits, after the Illinois Supreme Court found, since the worker did nothing illegal or obviously wrong, American Airlines’ lack of clear, written governing how to give passenger upgrades negated the airline’s claims it had the right to fire the worker for “misconduct.”

Appeals panel: Circuit judge erred in not giving female domestic violence victim order of protection

Dana Herra Feb. 2, 2016, 1:18pm

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois expressed strong disapproval of a Cook County circuit court judge’s handling of a domestic violence case, in which the alleged victim’s request for an order of protection was denied and a less-stringent civil restraining order was issued instead.