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Board of Estimates to consider $60K settlement in ex-firefighter’s ADA claim

The city’s spending panel is scheduled to consider a $60,000 settlement with a former Baltimore firefighter who claimed he was discriminated against because of his disability.

Donald Quarles alleged the Baltimore City Fire Department’s Public Safety Infirmary declined to return him to full duty after he suffered a seizure and was prescribed medication, according to the Board of Estimates agenda. Quarles subsequently lost all of his sick time and was “separated” from the fire department, according to the agenda.

Quarles filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission but did not file a lawsuit, according to the agenda. The Law Department recommended settling the case based on the “current uncertainty of employers’ obligations … particularly involving public safety personnel” and the “often complex and contradictory medical evidence involved in disability discrimination litigation.”