Thursday, May 9, 2013
Two former firefighters and a police officer could return to light duty as a result of the agreement.
Baltimore County officials said Thursday that they have settled three disability lawsuits with two firefighters and a police officer. "These settlements honor these employees for their past service while also ensuring that firefighters and police officers who serve the residents of Baltimore County are working in jobs that match their physical abilities for the safety of all," wrote Baltimore County Attorney Michael Field in a statement on the county's blog Thursday. "Residents of Baltimore County demand no less than this." As part of the settlement, the county does not admit any liability. In September, firefighters Donald Becker and Stanley Kuklinski and police Lt. Michael Lauenstein field lawsuits seeking $2.3 million in damages and …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a county employee seeks more than $2 million for each of four alleged violations.
A 71-year-old man who claims the county forced him into retirement has filed suit in federal court alleging age discrimination and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. William Galanti, a 30-year employee of the county's highways bureau, filed the claim this week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The four-count suit alleges one count of age discrimination as well as being forced to submit to illegal medical exams, harassment and illegal discharge. The suit sees more than $2 million plus interest and attorney's fees for each of the four counts. "Mr. Galanti is a fabulous gentleman who for over three decades did hard work for the county and the community plowing snow and digging ditches," said Kathleen Cahill, an attorney …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Three cases filed Wednesday come a month after the county settled ten claims in a Department of Justice lawsuit.
County officials said three new disability lawsuits filed in federal court are without merit and that its policies on requiring medical testing for some employees will be vindicated. In a rare comment on pending litigation, Don Mohler, a county spokesman, said the county has done nothing wrong and he believes the county will ultimately win all three cases. "We don't think these lawsuits have any merit," said Mohler. "We stand by the county's policies and procedures. We don't think that we've done anything wrong and we'll make that case again." Firefighters Donald Becker and Stanley Kuklinski and police Lt. Michael Lauenstein are each seeking $2.3 million in damages and additional legal fees. All three claim they were forced to undergo …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Two firefighters and a police officer who were fired file suit one month after the county settled ten other cases.
Two firefighters and a police officer filed suit against Baltimore County claiming they were forced out of their jobs after being forced to submit to what they claim were illegal medical tests. The cases, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, come one month after the county settled ten similar cases as part of a consent decree with the Department of Justice. Kathleen Cahill, a Towson attorney who is representing the three public safety officers, was not immediately available for comment. Cahill was also the attorney in the 10 cases the county settled in August. Stay with Patch for updates on this article.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A Department of Justice letter requests information on minority hiring in police and fire departments.
Baltimore County's police and fire departments are being investigated for possible discriminatory hiring practices. The county was notified of the investigation Jan. 30 in a two-page letter from the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division that was obtained by Patch. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz apparently acknowledged receiving the letter in a 10-page letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, according to the Baltimore Sun, which first reported the probe. In the letter, Kamenetz "acknowledged that women and minorities have been "underrepresented" in the fire department and in some sections of the police department," The Sun reported. Don Mohler, a county spokesman and Kamenetz's chief of staff, declined to release the letter to …