Bloomberg Law
Feb. 24, 2021, 6:59 PM

Blind County Worker to Get Legal Fees for Jury Win in Bias Suit

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

A blind woman who convinced a jury that Montgomery County, Md., discriminated when it failed to transfer her to a new call center along with her co-workers is entitled to legal fees even though she was awarded no money and the county relented and moved her before being ordered to do so, the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

The decision involves “a narrow holding” on who is a “prevailing party” for purposes of awarding attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses under federal fee-shifting provisions like those that apply to the Rehabilitation Act, the court said.

The county was wrong that a U.S. ...

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