Michael Abella Aug. 1, 2016, 2:18pm


BELLEVILLE — Two Illinois residents of European Hispanic extraction are suing Fairmont City and other defendants, alleging racial discrimination.

Cheyenne C. Buneta and Terry Buneta filed a lawsuit July 7 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Fairmont City, police officer Teresa Suarez, Rojas Vega, Francisco Barajas, Panlino Rosas and Miroslava Juarezda Baragos, alleging violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the Bunetas, racially non-white Hispanics whose ancestors are from Europe, were subjected to discrimination because of their ancestry and origin and have been damaged in excess of $50,000. The plaintiffs allege the defendants conspired to interfere with the plaintiffs' soap business through illegal activity, including battery, assault and intimidating the plaintiffs' customers.

The Bunetas seek a trial by jury, judgment of more than $50,000, enjoining the defendants from committing acts of intimidation and harassment against the plaintiffs' customers or coming within 100 feet of either the plaintiffs or their customers. They are represented by attorney Thomas G. Maag of Maag Law Firm LLC in Wood River.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-345

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