Breaking News Bar
posted: 2/6/2014 4:18 PM

Jury awards Lake County deputy $750,000 in discrimination case

Success - Article sent! close

A federal jury has awarded a veteran Lake County sheriff's deputy $750,000 in a gender discrimination case, an attorney said Thursday.

However, Deputy Heather Aldridge won't receive that sum, her attorney, Catherine Simmons-Gill said. The award likely will be reduced to the legal maximum of $300,000, Simmons-Gill said.

Order Reprint Print Article
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Aldridge sued the sheriff's office in 2011, claiming she was subjected to unwarranted disciplinary warnings and other actions for years while working as a K-9 officer. She also alleged administrators used minor complaints filed against her to transfer her out of the unit.

Sheriff Mark Curran has acknowledged what he called cultural problems in the sheriff's office. Curran said he's worked to improve the atmosphere for women in the office.

The "perpetrators" who led to Aldridge's complaint no longer are with the office, he told the Daily Herald on Thursday.

The jury's award, which was announced Wednesday in court in Chicago, won't be the last decision in the case, Simmons-Gill said.

Aldridge also is seeking reassignment to the K-9 unit and lost pay. Those issues will be settled by Judge Susan E. Cox.

Simmons-Gill declined to comment on her client's reaction to the verdict.

Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said no decisions have been made about Aldridge's future assignments.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.