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$24,000 Settlement Recommended for Disabled Los Angeles Probation Officer
California, recommended settling a disabled county probation officer's
lawsuit for $24,000. The suit alleged physical discrimination and retaliation.
Gregory Miller, a probation officer for the Los Angeles County Probation
Department since 1995, began working as a residential treatment officer at
Camp Mendenhall in 2000. On March 1, 2001, Camp Mendenhall was notified of
Miller's permanent work restrictions, which stemmed from a 1994 back
injury. On March 6, 2001, Camp Mendenhall concluded the work restrictions
were not compatible with Miller's job assignment and placed him on leave.
Miller filed a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing
in February 2002, claiming he had been the victim of disability
discrimination. Miller further claimed he had been placed on leave after he
complained to his supervisor about his coworkers' preferential job assignments.
Following the department's receipt of his reduced work restrictions, Miller
was assigned to Camp Glen Rockey, where he began working on September 7,
2002. During his time on leave from March 6, 2001 until September 7, 2002,
Miller's pay varied from 100% to 50% of his previous salary.
Upon referral, the county's General Litigation Division determined the
county's potential liability for Miller's lost wages, emotional distress
and attorney fees could total $390,000. The division therefore recommended
settling the case for $24,000. See: Miller v. County of Los Angeles, Los
Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC 310343.
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Miller v. County of Los Angeles
|Cite||Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC 310343|
|Level||State Trial Court|