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The city of Chicago, already low on cash, will spend $560,000 to compensate women victimized by the inappropriate behavior of a former Department of Transportation supervisor.
Joseph Annunzio was fired in 2007 by recommendation of the Illinois Appellate Court for calling female co-workers "bitches," addressing African-Americans as "mambo," "Magilla the Gorilla," and the n-word, and referring to immigrants as "f---ing foreigners." The City Council's Finance COmmittee is scheduled to approve the $560,000 settlement today.
"It's not the money, it's the principle," said Ronda Mooney, one of the department employees affected by Annunzio's behavior. "We are all human. We should be treated with respect. To be violated like that, it was like we didn't count. It was not right. It was not fair." Mooney continues to work as a senior data entry operator for the Department of Transportation.
Annunzio was also accused of "parading around at an office holiday party with a red tablecloth over his head while calling himself the 'grand wizard,' a title used by the leader of the Ku Klux Klan," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Annunzio denies the incident.
"They accused me of jumping up and down like a monkey and wearing red hoods. They said it happened in one office, then in another office, then down the hall. It never happened," he said in a 2007 interview with the Sun-Times. "It's crazy. That's why the stories are totally inconsistent."
The Appellate Court Judge at the time, Leroy Martin Jr., wrote in his ruling, "The record is replete with evidence that.Annunzio repeadtedly made racist, derogatory, and disparaging remarks" about employees.
SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times