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a woman claimng that a co-worker grabbed her and made sexual comments was awarded $700,000 by a federal jury on July 2. Kathleen Kessel, 35, and Beverly Meador, 44, began working at the Cook County [Ill.] sheriff’s office day reporting center. The women claimed that co-worker Jim Grayes began making crude sexual comments and touching them inappropriately. They sued Cook County, the sheriff’s department, Grayes, Sheriff Michael Sheehan and three other supervisors for sexual harassment, assault and battery and hostile work environment. The three supervisors were later dismissed. Kessel was awarded $700,000, while Meador, who never filed her complaints in writing, got nothing. Kessel v. Cook County, No. 00-CV-3980 (N.D. Ill.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Luke Casson and Frank John Andreou, Andreou & Casson, Chicago DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Maureen P. Feerick and Gregory Vaci, Cook County state attorney’s office, Chicago

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