Pritzker field organizers alleging racism: ‘This is not about politics’

A group of employees alleging racism in Democrat J.B. Pritzker’s campaign offices strongly denied Monday any political motivation for their federal lawsuit — with one former worker saying she’d personally spoke to the candidate about discrimination.

“He promised me to address it, and I was laid off,” said Kayla Hogan, a former field organizer for the campaign.

Eight of the 10 current and former employees appeared with their lawyers Monday at an office on the South Side, saying they felt their side of the story hadn’t been accurately portrayed in news reports about the suit, filed last week.

“Since then, our clients have been maligned as extortionists and stooges, who only filed this suit for political purposes,” said Jeanette Samuels, one of the attorneys representing the group. “This is not about politics. Our clients’ claims are above politics.”

Attorney Shay Allen discusses the lawsuit against the gubernatorial campaign for Democrat J.B. Pritzker during a press conference, Monday morning, Oct. 22, 2018. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Attorney Shay Allen discusses the lawsuit against the gubernatorial campaign for Democrat J.B. Pritzker during a press conference, Monday morning, Oct. 22, 2018. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

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