Fire Dept. worker sues city after sex-harassment claim upheld
BY FRAN SPIELMAN AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters August 6, 2014 12:03AM
Deidre Green accused former Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks of sexual harassment. | Sun-Times library
Updated: September 7, 2014 6:34AM
A $63,048-a-year payroll auditor for the Chicago Fire Department has filed a federal lawsuit against the city — armed with a finding of discrimination by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that upheld her sexual harassment charge against former Fire Commissioner John Brooks.
“Every time I think about it, it brings tears to my eyes. I just want to be made whole because I feel I was so wronged,” Deidre Green, 47, said Tuesday.
“I was sexually harassed. They tried to fire me. I had a semi-nervous breakdown and was off work for two years on medical leave. I only got 67 percent of my pay. I wasn’t the first to go through this and I won’t be the last. If I get some restitution, maybe this behavior will stop. Or maybe other women will have the courage to report it.”