The supervisor in charge of the Chicago O’Hare airport officers who roughed up a United passenger and dragged him off a plane has been fired — but for a completely different scandal, a report says.
Jeffrey Redding, 54, was axed Thursday from his $118,000-a-year deputy commissioner of security position for failing to disclose a series of sexual harassment allegations that were filed against him while he was employed by the Illinois Tollway, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Department of Aviation said he was “terminated from his duties” at O’Hare and Midway airports, but didn’t initially explain why.
Sources later told the Sun-Times that Redding was ultimately fired because he refused to tell his higher-ups about the circumstances surrounding why he left the Tollway six months ago.
He had been hired by the CDA to oversee a $19 million a year, 292-employee security force, the newspaper reports.
Redding’s firing comes just six days after the Chicago Tribune revealed how he had been riddled with sexual harassment allegations before being let go by his bosses at Tollway.
A female toll collector who was employed under him was reportedly the one who accused the then-head of toll operations in August 2015.
According to her, Redding had been seeking sex and money in exchange for work-related favors.
He has since admitted to having a sexual relationship with the woman, but claims it was completely consensual.
When Redding was hired at O’Hare, he reportedly told Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans that he was forced to leave Tollway thanks to then-newly elected Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to re-vamp the entire department.
Once CDA found out the truth, sources said it didn’t take long for them to make the decision to fire him.
“Ginger got information that made her question the veracity of his earlier statements,” a source told the Sun-Times. “She either talked to him or got some information that made her question whether he was forthright about the Tollway issues.”
Redding’s termination also came on the same day it was announced that Dr. David Dao — the passenger who was dragged from his seat earlier this month and forcibly removed by CDA officers — had reached a settlement with United Airlines for an undisclosed amount of money.
The four officers who were caught on tape roughing him up have since been placed on administrative leave.