In a case reminiscent of the city’s Hired
Truck debacle, a former trucker for
Streets and Sanitation Department has filed a lawsuit, claiming he was fired
for refusing to do work for and make donations to political campaigns.
On Wednesday, Dec. 28, Steve King, who
trucked for the department’s forestry bureau for 10 years, filed a suit against
the city. In the suit, King claims he was first harassed and later fired for
refusing to involve himself with campaigning, and that promotions and overtime
hours were often given to those who did make political contributions, according
to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Mr. King was denied such benefits because he
is not politically connected and was ultimately terminated because of his
refusal to participate in campaigning for various officials, including Mayor
Richard Daley,” King’s lawyer claimed in filed documents.
City officials have renounced King’s claims,
saying that he was fired because he refused to take a drug test and was
confrontational with a supervisor, according to The Associated Press.