Federal judge throws out harassment lawsuit filed against Illinois State Treasurer

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The harassment lawsuit that a former employee filed against Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has been thrown out.

WGN reported in early June of 2014 a federal judge tossed out the lawsuit, which accused Rutherford of a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

According to WGN, Rutherford says the lawsuit was politically-motivated, and made at a time that would destroy his campaign for governor.

The civil complaint was filed by Edmund Michalowski in federal court Monday, February 10, 2014. A spokesperson from the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer said the allegations were false.

The judge reportedly gave Michalowski until June 12 to re-file the suit.