Corporate Entity Could “Personally” Act Against Employee
The resident of an apartment building sued the corporate manager of the building and its employee alleging violations of the Illinois Gender Violence Act (IGVA). The IGVA outlaws gender related violence as a form of sex discrimination and entitles victims to sue any person who commits or personally encourages or assists in such acts. The plaintiff claimed the employee engaged in unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact that amounted to assault and battery and the company knew of his violent propensities. Tackling the issue of first impression whether a corporate entity could “personally” commit violations within meaning of the IGVA, the court said “yes.” The court relied on the rapidly expanding concept of corporate personhood in existing case law that has grown to blur the line between natural persons and corporations in the legal context.