Cook County Jail Workers Awarded 31 Million for Sexual Harassment
Recently, Five hundred sixty female employees in Cook County obtained a reprieve in a class action in the Northern District Court of Illinois. In the case Howard v. Cook County, N.D. Ill., No. 1:17-cv-08146, settlement 9/8/22, the women who served at a jail complex claimed to have suffered sexual harassment by inmates as submitted to the Federal Court records.
The lawsuit filed in 2017 was decertified by the U.S. Court of Appeals in March 2021. The federal Judge overseeing the suit in Chicago instructed for bellwether trials for three women to ascertain the allegations as tests for the class action claims.
Judge Matthew rejected the county sheriff’s office’s arguments and awarded $31 Million, a major win to the five hundred and sixty women as a settlement. The County “notified the board for approval and disbursement of the settlement administrator,” as instructed, reports indicated.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws sexual harassment as a form of employment discrimination at the workplace. Legal remedies provided include compensation for lost wages, damages (punitive and emotional), and other applicable costs such as court costs and attorneys’ fees.
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