Woman requesting compensation for sexual harassment suffered at work

Amy Roberts Jun. 26, 2015, 3:15pm

A Cook County woman is seeking financial damages for the sexual harassment she claims she suffered while working at a local retailer.

Shirley Moore claimed she was sexually harassed while working at the Wal-Mart in Lansing in a lawsuit filed May 7 in Cook County Circuit Court. According to the lawsuit, in a September 2013 filing with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Moore alleged the store’s co-manager sexually harassed her from January through April 2013 after she approached him to assist with an application to the company’s Associate in Critical Need program. She claimed this same supervisor later fired her in retaliation for concerns she expressed about harassment. Moore was later rehired by Wal-Mart.

In February 2015, the Department dismissed the charges of retaliation but found substantial evidence supporting Moore’s sexual harassment claims. Based on that finding, Moore’s current suit seeks compensation in excess of $50,000 from Wal-Mart. The case also requests punitive damages in an amount to be determined by a jury as well reasonable attorney fees, coverage of litigation costs and other relief as may be permitted.

Moore is being represented by attorney Joanie Rae Wimmer of Downers Grove.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L004738.

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