Prison Guard Receives $250,000 in Disability Discrimination Case
Betsy Griffing successfully led the settlement negotiations for a prison guard with PTSD who was awarded $250,000 for disability discrimination and retaliation under the Montana Human Rights Act. Settlement was reached after the Montana Human Rights Commission affirmed the hearing officer’s determination that the guard had been discriminated against when his probation period was wrongfully extended by the prison and when his employment with the prison was terminated. Although the prison raised the defense that it had a legitimate business reason for the dismissal, Ms. Griffing proved on behalf of the guard that the asserted business reason was only a pretext. Retaliation forbidden by the Act was also shown when the guard was terminated shortly after protesting harsh discipline which no other prison employee had received for the same behavior.