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Ald. Pope rehired worker who quit after harassment allegations

Ald. John Pope (10th) left with Thomas J. Sadzak who he had hired even though Sadzak is city's 'do-not-hire' list.

Ald. John Pope (10th), left, with Thomas J. Sadzak, who he had hired even though Sadzak is on the city's "do-not-hire" list. Pope fired Sadzak Friday.

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Updated: September 5, 2014 12:48PM



Nine years ago, Thomas J. Sadzak quit his job at the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation just as he was about to be fired over sexual harassment allegations leveled by a female laborer who said Sadzak threatened to rape her if she didn’t stop complaining about him.

The female laborer, Harriette B. McPherson, filed a federal lawsuit against the city, which paid her $99,000 on Aug. 22, 2008, to settle the case.Three months later, Sadzak was back at work for the city, even though his name had been placed on the city’s “do-not-hire” list after his “resignation — in lieu of discharge.”

He had a new job, working as a legislative aide to Ald. John Pope (10th),

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