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City approves $90K settlement for worker with Tourette's

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In a 12-0 vote the city council approved a $90,000 payout to a former city employee.

It marks the end to a long legal battle between Craig Bagley, a former food inspector, with the Kansas City's Health Department and the city.

Bagley worked as a food inspector for Kansas City's Health Department since 2008 until a neurological disorder started causing major problems.

He suffers from Tourette's syndrome, a condition that leads to uncontrollable yelling and movements. He has even been on the Dr. Phil Show trying to get the word out about how disruptive the condition can be.

In Bagley's case, some of that shouting included racial slurs, which the city says became offensive to his black coworkers.

According to the city, one of those workers filed a formal complaint, and the health department changed Bagley's schedule, work location and even asked him to use a different door at work.

But the city said layoffs made it all but impossible to separate Bagley from those employees.

Bagley said he felt like he was discriminated against for a condition he couldn't control. He also said it got so bad he eventually resigned. He hired a lawyer and threatened to sue.

City attorneys recommended Wednesday the council settle with Bagley acknowledging they could be found guilty of segregating Bagley from his co-workers or otherwise treating him differently, violating the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Thursday the city approved the settlement.

Even though the case is now settled, the councilwoman overseeing the case declined to comment. KCTV5's Stephen Mayer placed a call into Bagley for his reaction, but he told Mayer Wednesday that he feels vindicated.

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