A man is suing a property management company, claiming his supervisor discriminated against him because he is Hispanic.
Victor Perez-Gomez filed a lawsuit June 13 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Sudler Property Management, doing business as 1150 Condominium Association.
According to the complaint, Perez-Gomez was hired by the defendant as a mechanic in 1997 and performed well, until a chief engineer was hired to supervise mechanics in 2009.
Perez-Gomez claims the chief engineer treated Hispanic workers less favorably than Caucasian ones. The suit states the engineer wouldn't give Perez-Gomez bereavement pay for his mother-and father-in-law's funerals in Mexico, told him he would not be considered for promotions and used ethnic slurs.
He alleges he complained to supervisors and after no action, filed a charge of discrimination Dec. 6, 2012. Perez-Gomez claims he received his first ever written discipline on Dec. 19, 2012 in retaliation for filing the charge.
The defendant is accused violating the Illinois Human Rights Act on the basis of national origin and ancestry.
Perez-Gomez is seeking damages and attorney's fees. He is being represented in the case by attorneys M. Megan O'Malley and Lindsey E. Goldberg of O'Malley & Madden PC in Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L006341.
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