State Appeals Ruling For Former Head Of Blind Services
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 26, 2006
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA--The state of Pennsylvania has decided to appeal a $1.4 million disability discrimination judgment for the former head of its Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services.
On June 8, U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo ordered the state to pay Christine L. Boone for damages and lost earnings from her dismissal as the bureau's director.
A federal jury last November found that the former director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation improperly fired Boone on August 14, 2003.
Boone claimed that she was wrongfully terminated because she is blind and she strongly advocated for blind Pennsylvanians.
The state argued that Boone had been fired because she could not be counted on to do her job.
The jury had awarded Boone $3.4 million, but Rambo reduced the amount of damages by $2 million.
The state has already spent $450,000 in outside lawyer fees to defend itself, the Patriot News reported.
"Defending suit costs taxpayers $450,000" (Patriot-News)