Fired paramedic with diabetes settles discrimination case
INDIANAPOLIS (December 21, 2015) — A former fire department paramedic has settled a civil rights claim for $725,000 after being fired because of her diabetes.
The Indianapolis Star reports a federal jury previously found Kristine Rednour was wrongfully fired by the Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis in 2011.
Her blood sugar levels had dropped twice while she was working, causing her to stop and drink sugary beverages to stabilize herself.
The jury awarded her $123,500 for lost wages and benefits and $100,000 for emotional distress.
A final settlement with the township was announced by attorneys and confirmed by the township Saturday. It adds about $500,000 to the award.
Rednour was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 12. She now works as an emergency room paramedic at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.