State worker to be paid in disability discrimination case

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January 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state panel has agreed to pay more than $400,000 after a judge found a worker at a southwest Iowa care center was the victim of disability discrimination. The State Appeal Board approved paying the court-ordered judgment against Glenwood Resource Center to Dorothy Hollinger.

She was a residential treatment worker at Glenwood, a center for people with intellectual disabilities. Hollinger had a knee injury made worse after a patient at the center kicked her in 2011. After an extended surgical leave she was fired in 2013 but recalled for job that paid less. A judge last year ordered the state to pay lost wages, emotional distress and attorney fees.