7th Circ. Nixes $1.6M Award In Chicago Worker Firing Suit

Law360, Springfield (August 24, 2016, 8:17 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday wiped out a $1.6 million award for a former Chicago sanitation worker, finding he should not have been allowed a second trial in his wrongful firing suit against the city.

The three-judge appeals panel said an Illinois federal judge should not have awarded longtime city worker Robert Hillmann a second trial after the first federal judge died before making his decision in Hillmann's case against the city of Chicago.

Hillmann had filed two wrongful termination claims against the city in 2004, alleging his 2002 layoff from the city stemmed from discrimination over his workers' compensation claim...

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