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Baltimore to pay $175K in settlements

The corner of a pile of $100 bills is viewed up close. (iStock/DNY59)

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The city’s spending panel is scheduled to approve almost $175,000 in legal settlements Wednesday, including two cases involving discrimination by city agencies.

Damon Lynch would receive $70,000 to settle charges that the Baltimore Police Department violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when he applied for a job as a storekeeper in July, according to the Board of Estimates’ agenda.

Police sent Lynch for a pre-employment medical exam instead of giving him a conditional offer of employment as required by the ADA, according to the agenda. The department notified Lynch in September he was no longer a candidate for the job two weeks after he was declared medically disqualified for the job because of a prior injury, according to the agenda. The settlement amount covers Lynch’s back pay from the time of the alleged ADA violation as well as attorney’s fees, according to the agenda.

In a second discrimination case, Wanda King would receive $67,000 to settle a charge she filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging discrimination and retaliation by the city’s housing agencies, according to the agenda.

King worked as an ombudsman for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and Department of Housing and Community Development, according to the agenda. She alleged gender- and disability-based discrimination against her as well as retaliation for making prior claims against the agencies, according to the agenda.

In the third settlement, the city will pay $35,000 to settle a slip-and-fall lawsuit, according to the agenda. Thomas Stoner alleged a wet entryway at the Baltimore City Public Market led to him falling and breaking his ankle and leg, according to the agenda. He also suffered a ruptured quadriceps that required two surgeries, according to the agenda.

Stoner filed his lawsuit in Baltimore City Circuit Court in January 2014. The case settled a year later shortly before a trial was scheduled to begin, according to online court records.

The case is Thomas Stoner v. Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, 24C14000050.