FM Patient Awarded $747,000 in Disability Bias Suit

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A jury in the federal District Court of Cumberland County, Maine, has awarded Fibromyalgia patient Ronald Harding $747,000 in back pay and damages in a suit against his former employer, Cianbro Corp., according to a report published August 24, 2006 in the Kennebec Journal.

Mr. Harding’s civil rights suit against Cianbro charged that the Pittsfield-based heavy industrial company had discriminated against and terminated him in 2002 after 18 years of employment because he suffered from a disability caused by Fibromyalgia. The jury’s decision, which came after a six-day trial, marked what “could be the largest employment disability discrimination case in the state’s history,” stated Jeffrey Young, one of Mr. Harding’s attorneys.

The suit was brought “on a civil rights theory, 42 USC [United States Code] 2000e,” according to MoreLaw.com, an online litigation digest, which also noted “The defenses asserted by Cianbro are not available.”

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