06/12/2006

Female Ill. cop gets nearly $2 mil. for harassment

Chris Hack
The Chicago Sun-Times
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By the time testimony in the three-week trial was over and the case was given to the jury, it was her word against a half-dozen police officers.

Suzanne Barth, Mokena's first female cop, claimed she was subjected to a ceaseless stream of degrading comments by her colleagues. Despite days of testimony from officers who called Barth a liar, the jury in the federal trial quickly sided with her -- declaring she was the victim of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. They awarded her nearly $2 million.

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