The Illinois Attorney General's Office asserts that a settlement reached last month in a workplace retaliation case against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) cannot be rejected by the plaintiffs.
The case dates back to when Duckworth, who is currently seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), led the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. Two Veterans Affairs' employees brought the lawsuit, claiming Duckworth retaliated against them for speaking out against a shared supervisor.
The plaintiffs -- who were reportedly offended by the Duckworth campaign calling the lawsuit "a frivolous workplace case" in its response to the settlement last month -- are seeking to get out of the deal.
The Illinois Attorney General's Office, however, maintains that they can't back out because the settlement is final.
"We worked with a judge on June 24 and reached a final settlement. It's typical practice that after finalizing a settlement, the parties sign our standard form. If a plaintiff declines to sign the form, that does not change whether the agreement is final," Illinois Attorney General's Office spokesperson Maura Possley stated.