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Jury: Illinois gubernatorial candidate retaliated against staffer

“I am proud of the fact that my staff that works for me is 80 percent female, and I have great relationships,” said the candidate for Illinois governor last fall in Chicago. “Because I build my office on one word: respect. And I think that’s what all women want, and that’s what I am all about.”

What schools administrator Bob Daiber left unsaid was that taxpayers had to foot the bill for a nearly $500,000 settlement after a jury found that he had retaliated against a female staffer who complained that she wasn't paid as much as a male co-worker.

The candidate says that the 2010 case was an "unfortunate incident," but that he did not retaliate against the woman. 

The woman who brought the lawsuit was a youth advocate who found out in 2007 that a male co-worker with the same title and job responsibilities made more than she did.

She told Daiber of the pay discrepancy, and he offered her a $4,000 raise or an extension of her work schedule from 10 months to a full year so that she would receive a bigger salary. She rejected the offers as unfair.

In November of 2008, the tone of their conversations shifted as Daiber issued a threat.

In court, she recalled "Daiber pointing his finger at me and telling me that he could fire me, lay me off, reduce my hours, make me part-time." He added that if she told anyone of the meeting, he would fire her.

The following spring, she and the male colleague were laid off. Later, the man was called back to work, but she was not.

The woman told the federal jury that in 2008, she was being paid a little less than $31,000 per year while the male co-worker was receiving a little more than $43,000 per year.

The jury sided with the woman.

We don't endorse candidates or take political positions in this space.

We want to help readers understand that they can fight back against retaliation in the workplace. With the help of a skilled attorney experienced in employment law litigation, you can protect your rights and career.

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