Ruth to hear motions in woman's sexual harassment suit

By Amelia Flood | Feb 2, 2010

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth will hear a dismissal move filed by defendants in a sexual harassment suit Feb. 5.

Defendants Gary Moore and the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation filed a motion to dismiss the suit brought by Colleen Vesper arguing that she had failed to file the appropriate claim with the state's Human Rights Office as required by law.

Vesper is suing them for two counts of sexual harassment under the state's Human Rights Act.

She alleges that Moore, the president of the foundation, made her work environment hostile after she refused to have a romantic relationship with him.

She is seeking damages of at least $30,000 and costs.

Ruth had been slated to hear the motion last month. However, the Jan. 22 motion hearing was reset to Feb. 5 at 9 a.m.

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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