North Las Vegas Settles Disabled Worker Suit

September 29, 2014

North Las, Nev., plans to pay a $38,000 out-of-court settlement to a longtime parks employee who says he was pressured to get a commercial driver’s license even though he’s partially blind.

The Justice Department says the city violated the Americans With Disabilities Act in the case of retired employee Joseph Dixon.

A settlement announced Thursday awaits federal court approval.

A complaint says an injury rendered one of Dixon’s eyes virtually unusable, and supervisors exempted him from driving two city vehicles requiring a commercial license.

It says Dixon retired rather than be fired after a new supervisor pressured him to get the license in spite of his disability.

Chief City Attorney Bethany Rudd Sanchez says North Las Vegas is committed to following state and federal laws applying to people with disabilities.

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