A former Baltimore County highway worker has sued the county in federal court, alleging he was forced out of his job and subjected to unnecessary, intrusive medical exams.
The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court, follows others that made similar allegations that the county has violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The plaintiff, highway worker William A. Galanti, worked for the county from 1979 through September 2011, most recently performing road maintenance and improvements. He was 69 when, he says, the county made him retire.
A county spokeswoman said she could not comment on pending litigation.
According to the lawsuit, in February 2011, Galanti fell on the job and fractured his hip socket. The injury did not require surgery, and his doctor said he could likely return to work in July. But in June, he was required to undergo a medical exam by a doctor hired by the county and was "falsely labeled 'not fit for duty,' despite the fact that he was able to perform his essential job duties," the lawsuit alleges.
In 2010, Galanti had undergone a pacemaker procedure and the same doctor hired by the county later found him fit for duty. After the procedure, his supervisor frequently asked when he intended to retire, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed by Towson attorney Kathleen Cahill, seeks $2.3 million in damages.
In August, the county said it would pay about $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the federal Department of Justice that accused the county of a pattern of discrimination, mostly based on medical conditions. Weeks later, a former county police lieutenant and two former firefighters sued the county, claiming that they were illegally forced to retire.