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Campus Police Officer’s Sexual Harassment Complaint Privileged

Nov. 15, 2019, 7:49 PM

A police sergeant at the University of Illinois at Chicago can’t sue a police officer who filed a sexual harassment complaint against him for defamation, even if her allegations were false and made maliciously, the Illinois Appellate Court ruled.

Melissa Rosa’s report of the alleged harassment by Aaron Murauskas was “absolutely privileged” under state law, the court said Nov. 14. It cited the strong public interest is allowing alleged victims of harassment to report it without fear of repercussion, including being hauled into court by the accused.

Murauskas’s argument that Rosa’s complaint wasn’t privileged because it was filed with the...

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