Former employee sues property management firm, alleging discrimination, retaliation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 14, 2018

CHICAGO — A former employee is suing Laramar Group, a property management firm, citing alleged racial discrimination, retaliation and unpaid commissions.

Shade Padilla filed a complaint on Sept. 6 in Cook County Circuit Court, against Laramar Group, alleging she was fired for allegedly failing to cover up her superior's alleged financial misdealings.

The plaintiff alleges that in September 2017, while she was working for the defendant as an assistant community manager, she discovered and reported her superior for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars in cash payments made by tenants for parking.

She was abruptly terminated due to her actions, according to the complaint. 

The plaintiff holds Laramar Group responsible, because the defendant allegedly terminated plaintiff's employment as retaliation for reporting an alleged illegal practice, treated plaintiff unfairly and discriminated against her through alleged stereotypes and harassment based on her race.

She alleges that the company failed to timely pay her the full amount of earned commission.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in an amount greater than $50,000 for compensatory damages, interest, punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs, and other relief. She is represented by Nicholas J. Kreitman of Gainsberg Law PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 18-L-9657

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