Originally Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 6:35 pm
Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2012, 9:07 am

Former RI Walgreens employee sues the corporation

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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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.