6:40 p.m. CDT, July 24, 2014
It was supposed to be a workplace exercise to build mutual respect, understanding and empathy between co-workers of an Addison fire safety company.
Instead, according to a DuPage County lawsuit, one employee experienced “pain and suffering in body and mind” when he fell to the floor after being “propelled” into the air during what was supposed to be a team-building event.
Antonio Gonzalez filed the suit earlier this month against Guardian Quest, an Aurora business management consulting firm that held the “diversity inclusion” training workshop two summers ago in an Oakbrook Terrace hotel.
Gonzalez said in the litigation that he attended an August 2012 workshop with his co-workers from SimplexGrinnell in Addison. He accused Guardian Quest employees of negligently allowing him to be lifted up by other “participants” who, without proper supervision or training, “propelled (him) through the air” in an unsafe manner, the litigation states.
Gonzalez suffered injuries “both internally and externally of a permanent and lasting nature” when he fell to the floor during the exercise, his lawsuit alleges.
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