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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.