Opening arguments are scheduled for today in the sexual harassment suit filed against the City of Evanston by a former police officer who says she was sexually harassed by a supervisor.

Former officer Claudia Young says she had had a consensual intimate relationship with a fellow officer, Alan Belin, in the mid-1990s.

But years later, after she married someone else, Young says that starting in 2007 Belin began to sexually harass her at work and that the harassment intensified after Belin was promoted to Sergeant and became one of Young’s direct supervisors.

Young says she reported the harassment to othersupervisors on several occasions, but it was only after she stopped reporting to work to seek medical and phychological care for the problems caused by the harassment that the department finally disciplined Belin for the harassment and demoted him back to patrol officer rank in March 2010.

She says that because she was unable to return to work, the city terminated her employment that December.

Young is seeking lost wages, benefits, more than $30,000 in damages and attorney’s fees in her suit.

The case is being heard in Cook County Circuit Court before Judge James Flannery, Jr.

City attorney Grant Farrar said the city would have no comment on the case until the trial is concluded.

Claudia Young v. City of Evanston

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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