The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Seventh Circuit Expands Sex Discrimination Protections Under Title VII to Include Sexual Orientation

May 9, 2017

Last month in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Ind., 853 F.3d 339 (7th Cir. 2017), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, found that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is a…

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Nurse and Correctional Officer Not Deliberately Indifferent to Inmate’s Seizure

April 24, 2017

Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of a correctional officer and a nurse at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Illinois in Bello v. Kimery, Case No. 16-CV-2153 (C.D. Ill. April 20, 2017). Plaintiff, a pre-trial detainee with mild epilepsy, had a seizure in…

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Failure to File Grievance Results in Dismissal of Inmate’s Claims

April 24, 2017

In Moore v. Walker et al., a jail inmate alleged that a correctional officer violated his constitutional rights by failing to protect him from an attack by other inmates on August 3, 2015.  On defendant’s motion for summary judgment, U.S. District Court Judge Eric Long found that that the inmate failed to exhaust administrative remedies…

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Jail’s 26-Day Delay In Providing Palliative Care States a Claim For Deliberate Indifference

April 24, 2017

The Seventh Circuit Appellate Court reversed dismissal of a deliberate indifference claim. Lula Dixon, mother and administrator of the estate of Kevin Dixon, filed suit following Kevin’s death. Kevin first complained of pain while detained at Cook County’s jail in October 2008. He was seen on December 10, 2008 and received a CT scan the…

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Bicyclist Found Not An Intended User of City Street

April 11, 2017

In Zaworski v. City of Joliet, the plaintiff, Michael Zaworksi, fell off his bicycle while riding in his residential neighborhood.  Zaworski alleged in his Complaint that, on July 23, 2015, his bike hit a small hole, several inches wide and several inches deep, in the roadway and that he was thrown over the handlebars of…

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