J.B. Pritzker is sticking to his story. Thursday, he and his running mate again denied accusations from campaign staffers of racial discrimination.
Wednesday, ten filed a lawsuit stating the Democrat had a “severe race problem” which resulted in unfair treatment of minorities.
In the lawsuit, staffers who are either black or Latinx say they were denied promotions, benefits and were put in unsafe work conditions.
What’s been learned since Wednesday is, none have been working for the campaign more than six months and the campaign has produced evidence showing some claims could be misleading.
For example, one line of the suit states a female staffer was forced to sleep in her car or in the Peoria office because the campaign would not give her a safe hotel to sleep in. The campaign published documents showing accommodations were, in fact, made.
Staffers also say Pritzker never visited their office; also false. Pritzker contends the entire lawsuit is simply untrue.
His running mate says an initial request of a $7.5 million settlement shows it was made in bad faith.
The attorney representing the employees points out the campaign hasn’t addressed everything. For one, they won’t explain why staffers had mandatory cultural competency training last week and, even though 45% of the Pritzker campaign is minority, he says it doesn’t discount his clients’ experiences.
He says he’s still open to settling the case outside of court if possible, but it’s unclear if the issue will be resolved before Election Day.
It also doesn’t seem to be slowing the campaign. Thursday, it picked up an endorsement from the Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee.