Delaney Law: Chicago City Treasurer’s Office on Trial for Terminating a 22 Year Career City Employee in Retaliation for Filing a Discrimination Complaint

City Treasurer Stephanie Neely to Take the Stand Regarding Her Role in the Termination of 22 Year City Employee Valerie Allen


CHICAGO — The executive teams of the former and current Treasurer’s Office will take the stand this week in a Federal retaliation lawsuit over discipline and termination of 22 year City employee Valerie Allen. Ms. Allen accuses the Office of firing her in retaliation for filing a discrimination complaint. Current Treasurer Stephanie Neely, Former Treasurer Judith Rice, Former Deputy Treasurer Mark Mitrovich, and supervisor Bill Thanoukos will all be called to testify.

Ms. Allen was recruited to the Treasurer’s Office in 2004 by former Treasurer Judith Rice (2004-06) after an exemplary career spanning nearly two decades at the Department of Purchase Contracts and Supplies, Department of Public Health, and Department of Finance / City Comptroller’s Office. Her record of exceptional performance continued at the Treasurer’s Office with multiple reviews meriting salary increases.

In 2006, Ms. Allen filed a discrimination complaint against supervisor and Deputy City Treasurer Mitrovich. Four months later she was denied a scheduled salary increase for the first time in her career. Ten months later, she was suspended, again for the first time ever, over a typo. One month after that, she was fired.

Treasurers Rice and Neely, former Deputy Treasurer Mitrovich, and Supervisor Thanoukos will take the stand to explain how 22 years of decorated service could change so quickly after Ms. Allen filed a complaint with Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) against Mitrovich.

“Every single safeguard in place for City employees failed in the case of Ms. Allen,” explains attorney William Delaney. “Rather than address the problem of Discrimination in the Treasurer’s Office, the executive team instead opted to destroy the career of this single mother of two for reporting the offense.” This week, Valerie Allen will finally have her day in Court.

Jury Selection begins Monday Jan 28th. Dirksen Courthouse: Judge Gary Feinerman Courtroom 2125.

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