Missouri Firefighter Suing City Settles Case Out Of Court

An Olathe firefighter who sued the city claiming disability discrimination, disability harassment and retaliation after losing his job has dropped his case after settling out of court.

The settlement agreement shows St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance, which insures the city, agreed to pay Thomas Kinderknecht, injured in a robbery shooting in 1997, a $10,000 lump sum payment in 2010 and a $293 monthly payment for life, not less than 10 years, starting in 2018.

City Attorney Tom Glinstra said the city admits no wrongdoing, and the settlement is not necessarily something with which the city would agree. Officials maintain they followed the American with Disabilities Act requirements, accommodating Kinderknecht's needs while he attempted to return to regular duty.