A Lake County sheriff’s deputy won her lawsuit this week against the sheriff’s office for discriminating against her because she was a woman, based on her complaint that she was removed from her position as a canine officer and unfairly disciplined because of her gender, according to an article in The Chicago Tribune.
Heather Aldridge, 50, of Lake Bluff, has been with the department since 1997 and became a canine officer two years later, the article states. But after her dog partner retired, she and another female canine officer were told to reapply for the position despite male canine officers being allowed to automatically continue in their jobs.
The jury said she should get $750,000 but her attorney expected that would be reduced by about half, the article states.
You can read the full Tribune report here.