A bus company in Illinois which just days ago agreed to pay a $100,00 fine to settle charges of discriminating against Asian American is now being accused of violating that settlement.
WTTW is reporting that Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is asking the judge to impose an additional $10,000 fine for, among other things, penalizing customers who post negative reviews.
In 2017, Suburban Express faced heavy backlash for an ad which promised “You won’t feel like you’re in China” when riding their buses. The ad was a reference to the large number of Chinese students attending the University of Illinois.
Suburban Express operates many shuttles between campuses. According to the Chicago Tribune, a consent decree reached required Suburban Express to pay a six figure fine and implement new anti-discrimination policies.
Despite agreeing to the settlement, the company complained openly, posting on Facebook that it “felt it was being extorted by the state,” and continued to deny wrongdoing.
“Taken individually or together with the other page (on its website) Defendants have posted attacking a person of Asian origin, Defendants have circulated communications that Defendants know are to the effect that the individuals under attack are objectionable and unacceptable because of their race and national origin,” Raoul wrote in the motion, according to WTTW.
Suburban Express operates a “page of shame” on its website meant to call out customers who it accuses of writing bad checks or using counterfeit tickets.
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