Chicago Secretary Fired For Working During Lunch Wins Court Battle

Sharon Smiley fired working during lunch
Sharon Smiley fired working during lunch

A Chicago woman fired for working through her lunch break has won her legal battle to collect the unemployment benefits denied her by her former employer.

The aggrieved employee, Sharon Smiley (pictured at left), succeeded in her effort despite a lack of legal help. None of the attorneys from whom Smiley sought counsel agreed to take the case, she says, because they thought she was bound to lose. Smiley ended up representing herself -- and won, the Chicago Tribune reports.