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$259,000 Paid in Michigan Guard's Discrimination Claim

Michigan prison guard Kenneth McIntyre, who had been employed for
7 years, had lifting restrictions due to congenital spinal bifida. An MRI
disclosed he developed bulging discs and had his lifting restrictions
changed from 50 to 20 pounds. The State said he could not work as a
guard. He filed a request for accommodation and a complaint with the
EEOC, which resulted in light duty for four months. After a year off,
McIntyre was placed in the mailroom at reduced pay. He alleged
discrimination for the handicap, failure to accommodate the handicap, and
retaliation for filing a complaint.

On January 9, 1997, a jury awarded McIntyre $259,000, which
included $135,000 punitive damages for retaliation. McIntyre was
represented by Robert W. Palmer of Royal Oak. See: McIntyre v. Michigan,
USDC Kent County, Case No. 95-CV738.

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