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 Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.