Federal Judge Sets Case for Trial on Claims for Harassment and Retaliation

May 2022

In a wrongful termination suit brought by a court reporter who alleged retaliation for reporting extreme sexual harassment and discrimination while working in a Cook County courthouse, Roeser, Tanner & Graham attorneys successfully argued that the evidence supporting her claims is sufficient for the case to proceed to trial.

Peter RoeserMatt TannerDarrell Graham and Ashley Stump represented plaintiff Helen Miller, a former employee of the Cook County Official Court Reporters Office, part of the Office of the Chief Judge, who alleged her former employer subjected her to a hostile work environment and subsequently retaliated against her.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman of the Northern District of Illinois sided with the plaintiff, allowing her to pursue her discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims against her former employer.

“No woman should have to put up with what Helen Miller endured, let alone be fired because she had the courage to report it,” said Peter Roeser. “The Office of the Chief Judge must protect women and ensure that those who complain about sexual harassment are not further victimized. We’re pleased that the court found that Helen has ample evidence to support her claims, and we look forward to presenting those claims to the jury.”

Learn more about the case in “Cook Court Reporter’s Sex Harassment, Discrimination Claims Can Continue,” published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (subscription required).

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