Baltimore County has settled another discrimination lawsuit by a county worker who
claimed to have been illegally forced out of his job.
Under the agreement, William Galanti, a 71-year-old laborer in the Department of
Public Works, will return to work Sept. 1 at a salary of about $45,600 and receive about $143,000 in
back pay, pension adjustments, legal costs and damages, according to his attorney, Kathleen
Galanti had alleged that the county
violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by making him
retire after he fractured his hip when he fell on the job in 2011, even though he recovered within
his available sick time. As part of the discrimination settlement, he also will receive
workers’ compensation for the injury.
In May, the county settled three other lawsuits by two former firefighters and a former
police officer who also alleged they had been forced out for medical reasons. Those settlements cost
the county a total of more than $1 million.
Last year, the county agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a federal Department of Justice
lawsuit alleging that the county had a pattern of discrimination, mostly on the basis of medical
In a statement Wednesday, Cahill
said Galanti “did hard, unglamorous work day after day for decades to keep our roads
“He is extraordinarily
vigorous and committed at 71 years young, and we are thrilled he will be going back to work and
receiving compensation for all he has been put through by the county,” Cahill said.
County Attorney Mike Field said officials
maintain that Galanti cannot safely perform his duties as a laborer and heavy-equipment
“This settlement allows him to
return to work as a shop clerk where he will not pose a safety risk to himself or the public,”
Field said in a statement. “At the same time it protects the county from the costs and
uncertainties of further litigation.”
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