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Illinois Municipality Granted Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Case

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Illinois Municipality Granted Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Case

December 14, 2021
John M. Allen

Saving a Southern Illinois municipality from trial, John M. Allen and Catherine L. Schwarze of Goldberg Segalla’s Civil Litigation and Trial group convinced the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to grant summary judgment in an employment discrimination case.

The plaintiff claimed that the municipality wrongfully terminated her employment based on her age and hearing disability, and in retaliation for filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. In the motion for summary judgment the team brought forth multiple documented disciplinary actions to demonstrate that the plaintiff was not meeting the municipality’s expectations, and showed that the plaintiff failed to establish a genuine issue of fact regarding her ADA, ADEA, and Illinois Human Rights Act claims. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Gilbert dismissed all of the plaintiff’s claims with prejudice. The plaintiff had claimed damages in excess of $240,000.


Goldberg Segalla’s Civil Litigation and Trial practice group features a roster stacked with litigators and nationally recognized authorities in a number of critical legal disciplines, bringing exceptional strength and savvy to the defense of a wide range of liability claims. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience defending companies of all sizes in various industries, along with municipalities, school districts, and other public entities, in a broad spectrum of matters. We pride ourselves on the aggressive and cost-efficient manner in which we defend all claims. In matters of liability, we employ creative settlement resolutions and resort to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) where possible.