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Disability Discrimination Lawsuit against St. Louis Rams brings $134,000 settlement to Long-term NFL Trainer

August 20, 2009

As California Employment Lawyers, we have been following the disability discrimination lawsuit against the St. Louis Rams, settled on Wednesday for $134,000. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued the Rams on behalf of Ron DuBuque, a former assistant trainer for the National Football League team who claimed to be fired for having epilepsy. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued on behalf of Ron DuBuque, a former assistant trainer for the National Football League team who claimed to be fired for having epilepsy.

DuBuque, an assistant trainer for eleven years with the city's NFL team, had epilepsy throughout his entire employment. The EEOC claims that DuBuque performed his job duties successfully during his tenure with the company. His trauma-induced epilepsy was diagnosed in 1984, more than ten years before he ever began his career with the Rams.

In June 2006, the team management did not renew Dubuque's contract, claiming he was a medical liability, posing a danger to the safety of both his coworkers and himself. In September of 2008, the EEOC filed the suit on behalf of DuBuque in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

The Rams reportedly denied the claim, but have formally agreed to a compensation of $134,000 to resolve the case-$100,000 in damages, and a $34,000 for a two-year contract that will employ Dubuque as a rehabilitation specialist. This settlement also requires the Rams to provide additional training for the supervisors and managers of the team on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-providing a workplace free from disability discrimination.

The Rams' chief operating officer Kevin Demoff publicly responded by insisting that the Rams are committed to creating a supportive environment, and a fair workplace for every employee.

Rams Agree to Pay $134,000 to Trainer with Epilepsy, NBC Sports/AP Sports, August 19, 2009

St. Louis Rams to Pay $134,000 For Disability Bias, EEOC Press Release, August 19, 2009

St. Louis Rams, EEOC, and Trainer Settle in Disability Bias Case, Fox 2 Now, August 19, 2009

Rams Agree to Settle Discrimination Case for $134,000, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 19, 2009

Rams Settle Employee's Claim, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 20, 2009

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