ORLAND PARK – Orland Park has settled a lawsuit by a former seasonal employee who said he was harassed for being gay.
The Daily Southtown reported that the village settled the case for $112,500. Liam Walsh filed the suit in July 2021 when he wasn’t rehired for the village’s Recreation and Parks Department, and alleged he was retaliated against after he disclosed his sexual orientation to co-workers in early 2020.
The newspaper reported that Walsh and the village agreed to the settlement earlier in May and that the village denied any wrongdoing.
The lawsuit alleged that Walsh was slapped and called slurs by a co-worker after coming out and then wasn’t hired the next year despite positive performance reviews. The lawsuit sought $250,000.
The Garfinkel Group, Walsh’s attorneys, told the Southtown that Walsh wouldn’t comment on the settlement.
“However, it is our fervent hope that going forward, the Village of Orland Park and all municipalities in Illinois dedicate more resources and training to ensure that their employees and citizens are protected from bias or worse, any violence stemming from prejudice. All employees in this state should feel and be safe in their place of work,” the firm told the newspaper.
The Orland Park village administration said they were not aware of the harassment until a year after the fact.
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