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Lessons Learned: Discrimination against a Disabled Firefighter

By John K. Murphy FACT PATTERN - A St. Paul firefighter's federal legal claims of discrimination because of his limited eyesight won a $528,432 payout, according to a settlement reached by attorneys for the city and plaintiff. The firefighter was diagnosed with macular degeneration, later specifically identified as Stargardt's disease. The firefighter was unable to read small print without magnification has driver's license restrictions and experiences distortion at the center of his vision, according to his federal lawsuit filed in August 2009. The firefighter's lawsuit said that despite his vision problems, he successfully performed his duties as a firefighter and EMT. This changed in 2...

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