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Civil rights attorney calls State Farm 'disingenuous' after documents reveal settlement offers

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Pantagraph reporter Kelsey Watznauer talks about her top five stories from the Jelani Day death investigation.

BLOOMINGTON — State Farm offered settlements to 20 employees in connection to discrimination complaints, civil rights attorney Ben Crump said Monday.

Represented by Crump, Carla Campbell-Jackson is suing the Bloomington-based insurance company, accusing it of racism, discrimination and retaliation.

After working for State Farm for 28 years, Carla Campbell-Jackson was terminated within two weeks of reporting discriminatory practices; she has accused the company of firing her in retaliation for speaking out.

Attorney Ben Crump's statement on State Farm

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump released this statement Dec. 20, calling State Farm "disingenuous."

On Monday, Crump said in a statement from his law office, documents from a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into State Farm reveal at least 20 employees were offered settlements “concerning the racial discrimination allegations Dr. Campbell-Jackson raised.”

Ben Crump on Thursday holds a press conference in Chicago about a lawsuit against State Farm. former State Farm employee is suing the insurance giant, accusing the Bloomington company of discrimination and retaliation.

In a statement last week State Farm said Campbell-Jackson’s allegations are without merit, “as they run counter to our values and who we are as an organization,” and her cause for termination was sharing personal information outside the organization.

“It’s entirely disingenuous for State Farm to pretend and publicly state that her charges have no merit,” Crump said. “... It’s time for State Farm to do the right thing by Dr. Campbell-Jackson, both in public statements and in the settlement of this case, and to use this as a catalyst to affirm State Farm’s belief in diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

The EEOC previously denied a request from The Pantagraph to release documents related to Campbell-Jackson's claims.

Ben Crump on Thursday holds a press conference in Chicago about a lawsuit against State Farm. former State Farm employee is suing the insurance giant, accusing the Bloomington company of discrimination and retaliation.


Kelsey Watznauer's most memorable 2021 stories

Simply put, this year was a rush and my head is spinning realizing it's already time to look back on all we've done in the last 12 months.

Now in my third year at The Pantagraph, I was able to produce some of my strongest work — stories that mattered to me and stories I believe mattered to the community. It was (more than a little) difficult to narrow it down, but I've selected four of the heavy hitters and one of my favorite examples of the passionate, interesting students I had the honor of meeting in 2021.

Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.

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