Blind Woman Sues State Agency For Alleged Discriminatory Firing
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 8, 2005
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA--Opening statements were heard Monday in the case of a woman who claims the state fired her from her job as director of Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services because she is blind.
The attorney representing Christine L. Boone told the jury that the agency dismissed her from the position in 2003 because it "didn't like the fact that she was pursuing things on behalf of the blind and visually impaired" in new ways, and that her boss "did not want to tolerate an assertive, independent blind woman."
The state argued that Boone was fired because she was not doing her job and was not reliable. The state's attorney said the case is about "the equality to get fired."
Boone wants to her old job back, along with lost wages estimated at $80,000. She wants $1 million if she does not get her job back.
"Case of fired blind agency director opens" (Associated Press via Boston Herald)