Illinois Attorney General files suit over anti-LGBTQ discrimination

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against a bed-and-breakfast for not complying with an order that found they had discriminated against a gay couple.

TV station FOX 55/27 reported Tuesday that the company, Walder Vacuflo Inc. doing business as TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast, had not paid damages to a gay couple after the Illinois Human Rights Commission had determined there had been discrimination in refusing to host a civil union ceremoney.

From FOX 55/27:

In 2015, a judge found the company discriminated against the couple, Todd and Mark Wathen. As part of the decision, Walder Vacuflo was ordered to pay the Wathens $15,000 each in damages, $50,000 in attorneys’ fees, and more than $1,200 in additional costs.

Walder Vacuflo was also ordered to cease and desist from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and to allow the Wathens to celebrate their civil union at TimberCreek within one year of the of the IHRC’s final decision.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the company has yet to comply with the decision.

Walder Vacuflo’s attempts to appeal the IHRC’s decision have been unsuccessful.

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