- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal court jury in Pittsburgh says U.S. Steel must pay a former worker $5.5 million who claims he was terminated because of his arthritic knee.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1QjLJoE ) first reported the verdict in the case of Albert Gucker, who worked for more than 30 years, most recently as a heavy equipment repairman at the company’s Irvin Works.

U.S. Steel spokeswoman Sarah Cassella declined comment on the verdict.

The jury ruled last week that Gucker was discriminated against when a new supervisor refused in late 2011 to continue accommodating Gucker’s disability, which limited how much he could lift and other job requirements.

The jury on Tuesday awarded Gucker $550,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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