Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ex-Cook prosecutor claims age discrimination

Christine Opp was 57 when she was fired. She alleges age discrimination, and claims the state's attorney's office violated the federal Shakman decree outlawing politics in hiring and firing.

Opp said her firing came after the office was ordered to cut its budget by 17 percent. She claims months later, the office started hiring assistant state's attorneys out of law school.

The federal lawsuit seeks $309,000 for age discrimination and $2 million in punitive damages.
Whoever will be the new state's attorney might need to work on that.

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