Plaintiffs Against Water Department Ask Lightfoot To Intervene

Craig Dellimore
August 01, 2019 - 7:38 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Former and present employees of Chicago's Water Department are making a new push on their lawsuit over alleged racial and homophobic behavior by some employees.

Twenty-year water department operating engineer Katherine Ealy is black and openly gay. She said her race and sexual preference have long been the target of slurs, and she’s been part of a class-action lawsuit with other workers.

Ealy said she was forced out of the Water Department on trumped-up allegations after enduring years of verbal abuse. She’s appealing to Mayor Lightfoot to consider her side.

"If anyone could understand the battles that I've faced as a black person, as a woman, and someone who is openly gay, it should be the mayor," Ealy said.

City officials insist Ealy had problems supervising people.

A Law Department spokesman said allegations against the water agency are categorically false.