BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York parks worker who says he was denied a promotion because he has vision in only one eye will be offered the job, along with $22,000 in back pay and interest, under a settlement announced by the U.S. Justice Department.
The consent decree filed in federal court in Buffalo Wednesday resolves the government's civil complaint on behalf of Erie County employee Timothy Slawek under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complaint against Erie County says Slawek, a maintenance worker, was passed over for promotion in 2009 because his vision prevents him from getting a commercial driver's license required in the job posting.
Erie County has disputed the allegations. The county admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, which must be approved by the court.