Belleville, IL special education cooperative settles lawsuit
A Belleville woman recently received a $250,000 settlement after alleging in a federal lawsuit that she was forced to quit working for the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative two years before her planned retirement.
The cooperative, which provides special education services to area students and schools, denied the accusations in the lawsuit and argued it should be dismissed, according to court documents.
U.S. District Judge David Herndon denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last year.
Ruth Hamerski, of Belleville, had originally asked for $173,000 when she sued in 2016 for loss of wages and benefits and for damage to her personal and professional reputation, emotional distress, humiliation, outrage and embarrassment, according to the lawsuit.