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Clerk phlebotomist accuses Belleville hospital of racial discrimination


By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 19, 2019

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BELLEVILLE — An African-American woman is suing a Belleville hospital after a co-worker allegedly used a racial slur. 

Ja'Lisa Turner filed a complaint Jan. 11 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Memorial Hospital, alleging violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, during the course of her employment with the hospital as a clerk phlebotomist, Turner was caused to suffer emotional distress, anxiety, pain, suffering and humiliation after a co-worker addressed her with a racial slur. The plaintiff alleges Memorial Hospital subjected her to unlawful discrimination and harassment based on her race and retaliated against her for complaining of the treatment.

Turner seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $50,000, attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by attorney John H. Leskera of Leskera Law Firm in Collinsville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-33

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