Ford County bed and breakfast still owes for LGBTQ discrimination


A bed and breakfast in Paxton still hasn’t paid damages it owes for a 2016 LGBTQ discrimination case.

WCIA-TV reported last week that Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast appeared in an online court hearing and denied claims that they didn’t hand over all of their financial paperwork. The business was sued and ordered by the court to pay an $80,000 judgment for violating the Illinois Human Rights Act. They were sued after Todd and Mark Wathen were told by the business in 2011 that they couldn’t host their civil union there because they are gay.

Last month, the Wathens and their attorney filed a motion for the bed and breakfast’s owner, Walder Vacuflo Inc., to turn over their real estate holdings to be sold.

ACLU lawyer Ghirlandi Guidetti told Judge Robert Travers that Walder was not taking the matter seriously and lawyers were causing procedural delays, the TV station reported. Attorney Jason Craddock is representing Walder. He denied Guidetti’s claims, stating that his client has turned over all documents that were requested.

Craddock asked for more testimony and examination to be held before the court makes a decision, according to WCIA. The matter was continued to May 12.



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