March 5, 2010

BY FRAN SPIELMAN AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters

Female aldermen criticized Chicago Fire Commissioner John Brooks on Friday for his “intemperate” and “insensitive” response to an underling’s allegation of sexual harassment.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday on the underling’s accusations that Brooks called her repeatedly, came on to her sexually and targeted her for a layoff when she refused his advances. Office of Compliance chief Anthony Boswell — suspended for allegedly killing a different harassment case — is accused of shelving an investigation into Brooks, too.

Brooks acknowledged placing the calls, but denied propositioning or attempting to punish the woman.

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