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Chicago housing groups: Lawsuit vs Berrios over discriminatory assessment practices more than tax dispute

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 16, 2018

Two Chicago-based housing assistance organizations have asked a Cook County judge to reject the attempt by lame duck Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios to sidestep their discrimination lawsuit, saying their legal action over allegedly racially discriminatory property tax assessment practices is more than just a dispute over property taxes.

Lawsuit: Cook County assessments racially discriminate, make Hispanic, black homeowners pay higher taxes

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 14, 2017

Two organizations whose mission is to help homeowners in two predominantly minority and economically struggling Chicago neighborhoods have filed suit against the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, asserting the office’s assessment practices have discriminated against Hispanic and black homeowners by under-assessing properties in wealthier and whiter neighborhoods and communities, pushing a greater tax burden on those with less means to legally protect themselves.

Executive job applicant cleared to sue company he claims phrased job ads to 'weed out' older applicants

By Scott Holland | Dec 1, 2015

A 59-year-old executive will be allowed to proceed with his age discrimination lawsuit against a San Diego-based maker of medical devices after a federal judge declined to dismiss his allegations the company that wouldn't give him an interview worded its open job listings in a way intended to discretely “weed out” older, more experienced applicants.

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