Former police chief suing over his firing

PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) -- Bob Bane served as police chief from 2006 until last year. This week, he filed a federal lawsuit against the mayor claiming he was fired in retaliation.

He says it's because he took the city to court, saying he was owed about $7,000 for overtime. A judge ruled the city needed to pay Bane nearly $1,000. Bane was fired while his small claims case was pending.

The eight-count complaint filed this week claims Bane's firing violated the Illinois Wage and Hour Act, which prohibits retaliation against employees for complaining to their employers about unpaid wages.

It also claims the city violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois Whistleblower Act and the Employee Ethics Act.

Mayor Bill Ingold said, "All of my comments are no comment."


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