CHICAGO (AP) – A former Chicago police officer has been awarded nearly $2 million in her lawsuit alleging that the city retaliated against her for reporting a co-worker’s misconduct.
A Cook County jury awarded Laura Kubiak more than $1.4 million in damages Thursday for emotional distress and $400,000 in lost wages.
Chicago Law Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey says city officials are “disappointed” and weighing their options.
Kubiak was a veteran officer in the Chicago Police Department’s Office of News Affairs in 2012 when she informed supervisors a fellow officer had yelled and threatened her at work.
Kubiak’s suit alleged she was transferred in retaliation to a midnight shift patrolling “an unsafe neighborhood.”
It accused Chicago of systematically retaliating against employees who break the department’s so-called “code of silence” by reporting fellow officers’ misconduct.