An Ohio court has awarded a former state employee more than $500,000 to settle his claim that the state Natural Resources agency discriminated against him by hiring someone 15 years younger.
The award to retired engineer Richard Warden included back pay, potential future earnings, court costs and attorneys' fees.
The Tuesday ruling by the Ohio Court of Claims stated Warden scored the highest of any applicant when applying for a full-time job estimating the cost of reclaiming forfeited coal mines.
Warden had worked for the state for nearly 30 years and retired in 2006, then was rehired on a contract basis for the coal mining job.
The court claimed Warden was rejected when the agency made the contract job a full-time position and someone 15 years younger was hired.