Minneapolis settles discrimination suitby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former contractor who accused the city of firing him because of his religious beliefs.
The city hired Dr. Michael Campion as an independent contractor in 2005 to conduct psychological evaluations of Minneapolis police officers.
According to the lawsuit's complaint, members of a police community relations group discovered that Campion was affiliated with the Illinois Family Institute. Members of the community group believe the institute to be hostile toward gays and lesbians, and feared that Campion's beliefs would bias his work.
Despite an independent analysis which found that Campion's work was free of bias, the city chose to dump Campion and go with different contractor. That's when Campion sued.
The suit's award includes reimbursement for Campion's legal fees.