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Trial date set in disability discrimination lawsuit

Trial date set in disability discrimination lawsuit

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MASON CITY | A trial date has been set for a disability discrimination lawsuit involving a former employee of Midas Muffler & Brakes.

Martin Witcraft, Clear Lake, is suing the business and its owner, William Gansemer.

A trial date has been set for 10 a.m. May 1, 2015 in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Witcraft was employed by Midas as service manager from September 2005 to July 1, 2011.

The suit claims Witcraft developed a work-related disability and was diagnosed by his physician with ulnar uline theopathy and carpal tunnel and was off work from June 15 to June 30, 2011. He was terminated on July 1, 2011, according to the suit.

Witcraft filed a complaint with the Mason City Human Rights Commission on March 14, 2012. On Jan. 29, 2014, the commission issued an administrative release (letter of right-to-sue).

He is seeking damages for lost wages and benefits, emotional distress, mental anguish, compensatory relief, reasonable attorney fees and court costs with interest.

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