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MVP Staffing allegedly discriminated against african american applicants.

Personnel Staffing Group LLC, also known as MVP Staffing, has agreed to pay a $588,260.65 settlement to end claims that the company used discriminatory practices in its hiring through the Cicero, Illinois office.

Class Members include all those African American individuals who sought work through MPV Staffing’s Cicero, Illinois office between Dec. 6, 2012 and March 11, 2020, but who, on one or more occasions, were not given work at The Segerdahl Corp., Mercury Plastics Inc., The Penray Companies Inc., Advertising Resources Inc., Lawrence Foods Inc., or MPS Chicago Inc. d/b/a Jet Litho by MPV.

According to workers who sought employment through the staffing agency, the company would regularly discriminate against African American workers, particularly men of color, by either not assigning them work at all or assigning them to work at the most difficult assignments.

The MVP Staffing racial discrimination class action lawsuit was filed in December 2016 by a group of African American men who say that they worked with MVP to find employment, but were subjected to discriminatory practices.

Allegedly, several of MVP’s clients had also participated in discrimination by requesting that the staffing agency not assign them African American workers. The workers say that the companies would use code words to indicate their racist preferences for workers. According to the MVP Staffing class action lawsuit, the staffing agency complied with these requests.



To support their assertions that the racist policies were a common part of MVP’s work practices, the workers who filed the claims stated that workers who did not adhere to requests to not send African American men were punished.

According to the MPV Staffing racism class action lawsuit, African American men were often not given work or, if they were given work, they were given very brief employment stints or ones that were extremely difficult.

Additionally, the staffing agency racist hiring class action lawsuit argues that African American men were subjected to background checks, while other workers were not.

MVP Staffing is joined by several of its clients in settling the racial discrimination claims. These clients include The Segerdahl Corp., Mercury Plastics, Inc., The Penray Companies Inc., Advertising Resources Inc., Lawrence Foods Inc., and MPS Chicago Inc. d/b/a Jet Litho.

MVP Staffing and its clients do not admit any wrongdoing in the racial discrimination class action lawsuit, but have agreed to come to a settlement with workers in order to avoid incurring additional costs and risks in continuing to litigate.



Class Members are eligible for a proportional amount of the settlement. The amount of compensation that a Class Members is eligible to receive will depend on the number of benefits claims filed. 

The settlement website explains that 50 percent of each Class Member’s settlement payment will be considered wages and will be reported as wages for tax purposes. The other 50 percent will be reported as compensatory damages for tax purposes. As a result, the settlement may be taxable. 

To receive settlement benefits, Class Members must print out and mail a claim form by June 23, 2020. Class Members who claim benefits or do nothing will waive their rights to pursue independent litigation against MVP Staffing and its clients over this issue.

Class Members do have the right to opt out of the settlement class. Class Members who do so will not receive benefits, but will retain their right to pursue independent litigation against the companies. Class Members must opt out by mail by June 23, 2020. 

Class Members are invited but not required to attend a fairness hearing for the settlement, scheduled for Aug. 3, 2020.



Who’s Eligible

Class Members include all those African American individuals who sought work through MPV’s Cicero, Illinois office between Dec. 6, 2012 and March 11, 2020, but who, on one or more occasions, were not given work at The Segerdahl Corp., Mercury Plastics Inc., The Penray Companies Inc., Advertising Resources Inc., Lawrence Foods Inc., or MPS Chicago Inc. d/b/a Jet Litho by MPV Staffing.

Potential Award

Class Members are eligible for a proportional amount of the settlement. The amount of compensation that a Class Members is eligible to receive will depend on the number of benefits claims filed. 

50 percent of each Class Member’s settlement payment will be considered wages, and will be reported as wages for tax purposes. The other 50 percent will be reported as compensatory damages for tax purposes. As a result, the settlement may be taxable. 

Proof of Purchase

N/A

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline

6/23/2020

Case Name

Antwoin Hunt, et al. v. Personnel Staffing Group LLC d/b/a MVP, et al., Case No. 1:16-cv-11086, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Final Hearing

8/3/2020

Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Hunt-MVP Class Claims Administrator
c/o Settlement Services Inc.
PO Box 10269
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2269
312-795-9120

Class Counsel

Christopher J. Williams
Alvar Ayala
WORKERS’ LAW OFFICE PC

Joseph M. Sellers
Shaylyn Cochran
Miriam R. Nemeth
COHEN MILSTEIN SELLERS & TOLL PLLC

Defense Counsel

Unavailable

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28 Comments

  • PWS September 28, 2020

    160.93 n TN 9/28/20

  • Thanks September 28, 2020

    Something in the mail today but i dont get untill around 5pm west coast time.

    If someone gets their mail sooner let us all know. Ki thank you. 🤗

    • Thanks September 28, 2020

      Mail came early. It was check for $160.93

  • Darnae Sparks September 28, 2020

    Something coming today. Anybody know how much?

  • Tan September 26, 2020

    Cathy mail hasn’t ran here yet will keep you posted

    • Cathy Watson September 28, 2020

      HI Tan,
      Did you get the check. They told me checks were going out; late September and early October.

  • ScottG September 15, 2020

    👀👀👀??????

    • Tan September 26, 2020

      Something in mail today

      • Cathy Watson September 26, 2020

        What do you mean. Did you get a check or not???

        • hello there September 28, 2020

          Check and w2

        • Dane October 3, 2020

          160.93 in ohio

      • Tan September 26, 2020

        Cathy mail hasn’t ran here yet will keep you posted

  • ScottG August 31, 2020

    Where’s the checks and how much are we getting?

    • George Alexander September 5, 2020

      I hear we get check some time in September

      • ScottG September 6, 2020

        Do you know how much because a lot of people didn’t apply in time. So that’s more for who ever qualified

        • George Alexander September 20, 2020

          They say $200 for 3000 people.

  • angry black man August 31, 2020

    I’m an angry black man, and want my money now!

  • George August 22, 2020

    Anyone heard anything?

  • Clarence Birge August 19, 2020

    My name Clarence Birge I
    worked for MVP my former
    address 4225 W Jackson
    Chicago Il 60624 sent claim form
    I new address 320 N Mason Chicago
    Il 60644 apt 1e call me 773 368 7537.

  • Edward Drake July 4, 2020

    Add me please 2 MVP offices were very racist towards me and other blacks . I worked for the office in Cicero il, and also Crete monee , il. I recently relocated to (in April /2020) 11821 Cypress Corner lane unit 126 Houston Texas 77065

  • Dianne Magaldo June 10, 2020

    Please add me to the list.

  • Steve Hemphill June 10, 2020

    Please add me to this class action against CASE No. 1:16-cv-11086. Thanks !

  • Michelle Denise Mackey June 7, 2020

    Stop saying……ADD ME….
    PRESS FILE A CLAIM ABOVE!!!!!!

    • Toni June 23, 2020

      I really wish they’d just disable the comments so the lower IQ individuals would just not be able to. As if a comment is a legit way to be added to a lawsuit.

  • David May 19, 2020

    Add me please

  • Robert J Goudin May 6, 2020

    Add me please

    • jonny May 11, 2020

      who is robert? expose him

    • Michelle Denise Mackey June 7, 2020

      CLICK HERE TO FILE A CLAIM »
      Look above 4 blue link@press. …..
      Its blue in color.click here to file a claim…..

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