The city of Chicago will pay approximately $12 million to settle a suit alleging it hired and promoted based on political affiliation. City employees who had been denied employment or promotions or were retaliated against because of their political affiliations will share in the settlement. Individual payments are capped at $100,000.
Courts will supervise hiring and employment practices until the city demonstrates it is complying with the order.
Tip: Employers should have established policies in place governing hiring and layoff procedures. The procedures should use objective measures as much as possible. The more the process smacks of favoritism, the more likely the employer will be sued.