Chicago Area Council of Boy Scouts of America v. City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Illinois Appellate Court

Title: Chicago Area Council of Boy Scouts of America v. City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations

Author: Illinois Appellate Court

Date: 2001-05-01

Chicago Area Council of Boy Scouts of America v. City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Illinois Appellate Court

G. Keith Richardson filed a claim with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations (Commission) against defendant Chicago Area Council of Boy Scouts of America (CAC) under the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance (the Ordinance). Chicago Municipal Code, section 2-160-010 et seq. (1990). Specifically, Richardson invoked section 2-160-030, alleging employment discrimination in hiring based on sexual orientation. Chicago Municipal Code §2-160-030 (1990). The Commission issued an injunction against CAC and imposed a $100 fine. The injunction enjoined CAC from considering the sexual orientation of applicants for employment. Richardson was also awarded $500 in damages and attorney fees and costs in the amount of $335,748.12. CAC filed a writ of certiorari in the circuit court of Cook County. The court held that Richardson lacked standing to bring suit based on the Commission's finding that Richardson was not genuinely interested in accepting a position with CAC. Accordingly, the court vacated the Commission's award of damages and attorney fees. However, the court affirmed the injunction and fine by holding that the City of Chicago, independent of Richardson, prevailed in the action and that the Commission had authority to enjoin discriminatory action even though it had not formally initiated a complaint against CAC.