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Former American Water Works employee alleges termination based on disabilities

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 8, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A former American Water Works employee claims she was terminated based on her disabilities and limitations.

Danetta Collins of Cahokia filed the suit Feb. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against American Water Works Co. Inc.

The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits employers from unlawfully discriminating against employees based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability and ancestry among other conditions.

Collins alleges she suffered from and continues to suffer from a recognized medical disability and, as a corporation operating in Illinois, the defendant is governed by and subjected to the provisions of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 7, 2014, Collins claims she was notified that accommodations would not be made by the defendant to meet her restrictions and limitations related to her disability. Then on Nov. 21, 2014, Collins alleges she was terminated based on the limitations her disability required, the suit alleges.

As a result, she has suffered and will suffer lost wages, humiliation and embarrassment.

The plaintiff seeks an amount in excess of $50,000 that would compensate her for injuries and damages, including but not limited to actual damages, pain and suffering, attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by Greg Chatham Jr. of Chatham & Baricevic in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-85

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