City of McPherson settles with fired officer

By Chris Swick
June 09, 2015

The McPherson City Commission voted to settle with a former police officer fired in 2012 after being caught sleeping on duty.

The commission voted 3-0 to settle an appeal with plantiff Matthew Michaels for $84,426, which is subject to partial reimbursement by Traveler's Insurance after the final closure of the claim.

Michaels alleged the city violated his civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Kansas Wage Payment act following his 2012 dismissal. Michaels alleged he was discriminated against due to a sleep apnea disability.

The city was ordered to pay nearly 1 million dollars in October 2014, a ruling that was upheld in December by Kansas Federal judge Monti L. Belot, who concluded that there was no prejudicial error and the jury's verdict was supported by substantial evidence against the employer.