PA: New Castle Area Transit Authority Settles Lawsuit Over Workplace Smoking

Feb. 10--A bus mechanic whose complaints about workplace smoking soured his relations with co-workers and bosses has settled his federal lawsuit for $32,500, according to an agreement released late last week to the Post-Gazette.

Dale W. Doutt, of West Middlesex, sued the New Castle Area Transit Authority in July, claiming that five years of pleading for enforcement of the agency's no-smoking policy got him nothing but trumped-up criticisms and veiled threats. His lawsuit said he suffers from high blood pressure and sinus illness which were worsened by the smoke.

Mr. Doutt claimed that the transit authority's failure to enforce its policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and several other federal and state laws.

The transit authority in its settlement release admitted no liability, and insisted that Mr. Doutt, who quit work there in October, never reapply.

Rich Lord:, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.

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