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Lawsuit filed by former Milford employee dismissed

A federal lawsuit filed against the Village of Milford by a former employee has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson dismissed the suit filed by former maintenance employee Corey LeMarbe with prejudice – meaning it cannot be refiled. The dismissal follows an agreement to resolve claims between the village and the former employee.

LeMarbe filed then suit in 2019 alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as a hostile work environment. LeMarbe suffers from hand tremors and worked in the DPS garage from October of 2015 to September of 2018, where he was said to be able to perform all of the essential functions of his job despite his disability.

LeMarbe was moved to the wastewater department in September 2018 but requested to be transferred back to his old duties due to the difficulty of taking water measurements. LeMarbe was eventually terminated in April of 2019.

The lawsuit named former Public Services Director Robert Calley. Calley was also named in another lawsuit filed by the Village’s former assistant public services director, Michael Esson, who alleged violations of Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act after he was fired after alerting village officials that Calley and would only approve his vacation requests for side jobs in exchange for a portion of his earnings. That case was settled out of court in 2020.

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