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Sight-impaired officer sees red, sues for ADA violations

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A former detention officer for the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has filed suit against Hunt County and Sheriff Randy Meeks, claiming she was discriminated against on the basis of her disabilities: myopia and astigmatism.

Laurie Stafford claims that when she was hired in December 2009, the sheriff’s office personnel director was briefed about her condition. As a result, Stafford was ordered to submit to an eye exam, the results of which allegedly suggested that it would be “extremely difficult” for her to function within the jail’s control facility because of its low lighting and bright control panels.

According to Stafford, she was ordered to remedy her disability within 90 days. She went on administrative leave in February and was fired a week later.

Stafford alleges the office failed to accommodate her disability in violation of the ADA.

She’s seeking monetary damages and wants her job back.

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