Settlement Scuffle

In a suit arising from employment discrimination claims against IBM brought by an employee who said he was fired for being deaf, the Second Circuit ruled a lower court properly denied the former employee’s request to reopen the case, which was settled for $207,000. The employee claims his attorneys miscommunicated to him in American Sign Language and he thought the settlement amount was $207 million.

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Workers’ Comp

A workers’ compensation board improperly rescinded partial disability awards issued to an undocumented construction worker after finding that he did not prove had adequately searched for other jobs, an appeals court in New York ruled. The worker, who does not speak or read English well, applied to work with 62 businesses over a six-month period and used the services of a job-location firm.

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