Settlement reached in DuPage college lawsuit, group says
A lawsuit filed by two former administrators against the College of DuPage has been settled, according to the Edgar County Watchdogs and the Daily Herald.
The details of the settlement have been kept private, with attorneys for both parties declining to comment.
Thomas Glaser, former senior vice president of the school, and Lynny Sapyta, former assistance vice president of financial affairs, filed the lawsuit against their former employer after being terminated in September 2015.
Interim university President Joseph Collins told the Daily Herald that the two were fired for allegedly failing to protect the financial integrity of the school. The school had suffered losses amounting to $2.2 million during their tenure, according to an audit revealed in the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund.
Glaser and Sapyta filed the lawsuit against the college, former chairwoman Kathy Hamilton and Collins, claiming they had been wrongfully terminated for opposing the former chairwoman’s political agenda. They sued over their right to free speech, according to the Herald.
The Daily Herald quoted unnamed sources at the college as saying the lawsuit "makes false allegations" that "are clearly contradicted by well-established facts.”
Although no details have been released, the plaintiffs sought back wages, lost benefits, lost earning capacity, and both compensatory and punitive damages of undetermined amounts.
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