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Union Accused Of Stalking Woman

CHICAGO (CN) - A federal class-action complaint accuses Local 150, International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO of illegally obtaining and disclosing information from members' drivers licenses, and of using the information to stalk, intimidate, harass and assault the named plaintiff, a woman, and violate her privacy.

The union allegedly obtained license plate and personal data on "millions" of people, ostensibly to check their plates at construction sites, which plaintiffs say is an illegal use of the data.

The named plaintiff claims the union's "pursuit agents" used the information they obtained about her to stalk her for months, to follow her home from work, to endanger her, to insist that she "call" her stalker, and to assault her. She says she had to have the police restrain the stalkers. She demands punitive damages and a restraining order and injunction.

The class demands statutory damages, and punitive damages if the illegal use of data was willful.

Courthouse News is not posting a link to this complaint to protect the identity of the named plaintiff, who is represented by Robert Hanlon of Woodstock, Ill.

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