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Neenah Paper settles disability discrimination claim

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — Neenah Paper will pay $33,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of an employee who has a seizure disorder.

The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused the papermaker of violating federal law by refusing to allow Kristoffer Gauthier to return to his job on the production floor of its paper mill in Munising, Michigan for seven months because of his seizure disorder.

USA Today Network says the EEOC claimed Neenah Paper required Gauthier to take his anti-seizure medication under observation in order to return to work.

The agency says the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against workers because of medical conditions.

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