A former employee of the Rock Island Walgreens is suing the corporation, claiming she was harassed and "maliciously" discharged after she began receiving worker compensation.
Jennifer J. Hillman, of Colona, was terminated from the store at 18th Avenue and 30th Street in March last year. She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, according to the suit.
Ms. Hillman, who had been employed with Walgreens since January 2008, sustained a back injury in April 2010 while unloading merchandise at the store, according to her attorney John Malvik.She filed a worker's compensation claim and started accepting benefits under the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act because of the injury.
Not long after, the suit claims, staff members at the store began treating Ms. Hillman unfairly.Employees "engaged in a course of retaliatory and harassing conduct against (Ms. Hillman) by emptying her locker and throwing out her personal property," alleges the suit filed Friday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
It also claims Ms. Hillman was transferred to a Davenport Walgreens store and eventually terminated March 3, 2011. Since then, the complaint claims, she has suffered from lost wages and mental anguish.
A manager at the Rock Island Walgreens on Monday said he had not heard of Ms. Hillman.
The complaint is scheduled to be reviewed March 21 at a case management conference.
Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.