The Chicago Tribune has an article HERE stating that former Chicago Fire Commissioner Brooks is suing Mayor Daley and Daley’s chief of staff Ray Orozco (former CFD Fire Commissioner) for forcing Brooks to resign.

Former Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks sued Mayor Richard Daley on Friday alleging that he was forced to resign last year over false allegations of sexual harassment.

The federal suit, which also named Daley chief of staff Raymond Orozco, alleged that Orozco told Brooks last May 1 that “Mayor Daley wants you out… because of the allegations of sexual harassment against you.”

After Brooks protested, Orozco said that if he did not resign, he would be fired and that a termination “would destroy his name and reputation in the industry” and would diminish his pension, the lawsuit said.

On May 7, Brooks contacted the fire department’s pension board and told officials that he was retiring.

The lawsuit alleged that about three months later, an outside lawyer hired to independently investigate concluded that the sexual harassment allegations “were completely false and fabricated.”


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