Report: No headset for prison clerk cost $128K -

Report: No headset for prison clerk cost $128K

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) -- A published report says it'll cost the taxpayers more than $128,000 because an Illinois employee didn't get a telephone headset when she asked for it.

It was reported that a prison finance clerk had complained that not having an ergonomically sound work station or headset made her strain her neck, causing pain and worsening her spine problems.

The newspaper cites workers compensation records which show the clerk said not having a headset was the primary reason for her pain. She said requests for a headset were repeatedly denied.

Now, the clerk's worker's comp claim in medical bills is $128,424.

Angela Grott is the clerk and has been a state employee since 1989. She declined to comment.

An Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman says officials are waiting for headsets to arrive.

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