Motion to dismiss hearing reset in sexual harassment suit

Amelia Flood Feb. 5, 2010, 8:22am

The defendants' motion to dismiss a sexual harassment suit brought by their former business manager has been reset to April.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth was scheduled to hear motions in the case Friday at 9 a.m.

Plaintiff Colleen Vesper is suing Gary Moore and the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation for damages in excess of $30,000, unspecified damages and attorney's fees.

Defendants filed a motion to dismiss claiming Vesper failed to follow the proper procedure to file a complaint with the Illinois Human Rights Office.

Vesper alleges that Moore harassed her and ultimately forced her to lose her job after she refused to have a romantic relationship with him.

Vesper is suing the defendants under the Illinois Human Rights Act and their motion contends that she must have filed the complaint with them in order to pursue her suit.

Ruth had been set to hear the motion in January. It was moved to Friday.

It was reset again to 9 a.m. April 9.

Vesper is represented by Stephen McGlynn.

The defendants are represented by Steven Schwartz.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-1021.

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