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American Greetings, Jewel-Osco See Job Sex Assault Suit Advance

June 19, 2020, 5:30 PM

An American Greetings Corp. merchandiser who says she was sexually assaulted on consecutive days by a manager at the Jewel-Osco store she was servicing can pursue some claims against AGC and one claim against Jewel-Osco, the Northern District of Illinois ruled.

But New Albertsons Inc., which does business as Jewel-Osco, doesn’t have to face Laurie Albright’s assault, battery, and negligence claims under state law, the court said Thursday.

Assault and battery categorically are acts that are never within a worker’s scope of his employment under Illinois law, so New Albertsons can’t be vicariously liable on those claims based on the ...