Christine Opp, a former assistant state’s attorney for Cook County, has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was fired because of her age and political leanings.
Opp was fired in 2007 after the office was ordered to cut its budget by 17%. She was 57 at the time. A short while later, the office began hiring assistant state’s attorneys right out of law school, her lawsuit contends.
Her lawsuit also claims that some employees were spared because of political clout, in violation of federal personnel rules.
She seeks $309,000 for age discrimination and $2 million in punitive damages.
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