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Madison County taxpayers will be on the hook to try to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed against the treasurer's office. A Madison County Board committee has approved a $400,000 payment which will now go before the full board next week. The suit was against the office under then treasurer Kurt Prenzler.
The Telegraph reports the American's With Disabilities Act lawsuit was filed by Linda Dunnagan who claimed she was terminated because of a debilitating illness. Dunnagan, who was hired in 2000 under a different treasurer, suffered a serious health problem in 2012. She recovered enough to return to work, but claims in the suit Prenzler suggested she retire and claim disability. She filed the suit about a month after Prenzler was reelected and later he claimed he eliminated her position in a cost-cutting move. In July of last year, a U.S. District Judge ordered the county to pay $450,000 in compensatory damages, just over $80,000 in back pay, more than $125,000 in attorney's fees and 33-hundred in other costs. The County Board Finance Committee approved the a settlement payment of $400,000 by a vote of 4-1. The county board could vote on the matter on Wednesday.