Former emergency dispatcher suing Murphysboro, police chief and former supervisor

MURPHYSBORO, IL — A former police dispatcher in Murphysboro, Illinois, is suing the city, the police chief and her former supervisor, claiming sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as disability discrimination.

The Southern Illinoisan reports Allison Covington filed the lawsuit in may. In the suit, Covington says she was sexually harassed by the city’s telecommunication officer, Ken Johnson, and Police Chief Chad Roberts. She says she was later fired for opposing the alleged abuse and and reporting it.

The newspaper says Johnson, Roberts and the city of Murphysboro denied most allegations and demanded a jury trial.