CHICAGO AREA WOMAN STRIKES BLOW FOR WORKING MOMS
Last week the Chicago Tribune ran an article by Ameet Sachdev on a sizable verdict recently handed down by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. The case involved Dena Lockwood[pictured above] a working mom, who took a job with Professional Neurological Services in 2004. She paid a price because she was a parent. Lockwood’s commission rate was lower than other sales personnel who did not have children. She had a tougher time getting time off than her single counterparts. And Lockwood felt ignored in sales meetings. Then in 2006, she had to take a day off because her 4 year old was sick. Her manager fired her.
Lockwood elected not to go to court, but to file a discrimination claim against Professional Neurological with the Commission And she won – in a big way. In July the Commission ruled awarded her over $213,000, including $100,000 in punitive damages. In addition, the hearing officer has recommended that Lockwood’s legal team receive $87,000 in legal fees. Professional Neurological has indicated it intends to appeal the award.
Congrats to Lockwood and her attorney, Ruth Major.