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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Firefighter loses lawsuit against city


The Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this week that the City of Marlborough did not commit disability discrimination when it didn't hire a firefighter who is hard of hearing.

Christopher Carleton argued that by not allowing him to take the hearing exam with use of his hearing aids, he was denied reasonable accomodation. The court, however, disagreed.

Since hearing is such a crucial qualification for a firefighter, the court said, the use of hearing aids is not considered a reasonable accomodation, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports.

-- Erica Tochin

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