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EEOC lawsuit accuses Kone of retaliating after worker complaint

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Moline-based Kone is accused of retaliating against an employee who filed a discrimination charge against them, according to a lawsuit filed by the  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The action, filed August 29, 2014, says Kone originally resolved the discrimination charge from the female employee on May 7, 2009 by agreeing, in part, to recode the woman’s personnel file so she was eligible for rehire.  The lawsuit says Kone continued to list the woman as ineligible for rehire.

“The EEOC contends that Kone’s actions constitute retaliation and breach of the mediation agreement,” said a statement from the EEOC.  “Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

The EEOC says they attempted to reach a settlement before filing the lawsuit against Kone.

Now, they’re seeking back pay and damages for the woman, as well as an injunction against future discrimination.

Kone representatives had not answered  requests from News 8 for comment on this story.