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Jones-Walsh v. Town of Cicero

September 14, 2005

DIONNE JONES-WALSH PLAINTIFF,
v.
TOWN OF CICERO, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Matthew F. Kennelly, District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Plaintiff Dionne Jones-Walsh has sued her former employer, the Town of Cicero, Illinois, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5 for sexual harassment and retaliation. Jones-Walsh claims that a co-worker repeatedly harassed her from September 1999 to June 2000 and that Cicero fired her on June 29, 2000 because she complained about the harassment to a supervisor on June 28. Cicero has moved for summary judgment. For the following reasons, the Court grants the motion in part and denies it in part.

Facts

In September 1999, Jones-Walsh began working for the Town of Cicero as an auxiliary police officer. The job required her to issue parking tickets, direct traffic, and accompany full-time police officers on calls. She claims that shortly after the job began, Jerold Rodish, a Cicero police officer, began sexually harassing her on a daily basis by discussing where and how he would like to perform sex with her. Jones-Walsh told Rodish that she was not interested and was already in a relationship, but the harassment persisted nonetheless. Jones-Walsh claims that she threatened to complain about the behavior, but Rodish told her that he was not worried because his "Uncle Eddie" Vrdolyak, a leading political figure in Cicero and relative of Rodish, would take care of him.

In February 2000, Cicero's Town President, Betty Loren-Maltese, appointed Jones-Walsh to a newly created position called the Director of Senior Services. In that capacity, she managed a division of municipal government described by statute as follows:

a. Appointment. There is created the office of director of senior services who shall be the head of and responsible for the department of senior services and who shall be appointed by the town president with the advice and consent of the town board.

b. Powers and Duties Generally. The director of senior services shall, in accordance with this article, have the management and control of all matters relating to the department of senior services, its operations, and its personnel, subject to approval of the president.

The Department of Senior Services shall provide informational and other services to senior citizen residents of the Town. Such services shall include, but shall not be limited to:

(1) Providing information on educational programs for senior citizens;

(2) Supplying information on suitable senior housing and aiding senior citizens in efforts to obtain suitable housing;

(3) Furnishing nutritional materials to senior citizens;

(4) Providing information about accessible forms of transportation;

(5) Organizing recreational activities and programs for senior citizens; and

(6) Educating senior citizens on health care issues and ...


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