CHICAGO - Anti-Rauner forces have been in full attack mode of late - a sign that the GOP gubernatorial candidate is being viewed by his opponents as the front runner in the race to the March 18 Primary.
In what seems like a week-long, coordinated assault, anti-Rauner militant Bill Kelly today wrote about a 2007 labor issue with Cardinal Logistics, a firm owned by Rauner's firm GTCR.
To summarize the case: A group of drivers filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Logistics Management Corp., which was owned by the Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR Golder, Rauner.
The plaintiffs alleged that Cardinal misclassified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, and that the misclassification allowed Cardinal to avoid reimbursing the drivers for employment claims. They also alleged that Cardinal avoided giving them required meal and rest breaks, avoided keeping itemized wage statements, and paying for workers’ compensation insurance.
In September of 2011 it was reported that the parties reached a settlement, which required Cardinal to pay $3.75 million to create a settlement fund.