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Judge OK’s settlement conference in disability lawsuit

THE federal court has approved a settlement conference between Imperial Pacific International and its former table and games supervisor, who sued the casino operator for disability discrimination.

In a case management conference proceeding held on Thursday morning with District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, attorney Jeanne Rayphand appeared for the plaintiff, Dennis Campbell, while attorney Kelley Butcher appeared for IPI.

Ramona V. Manglona

Both counsels agreed to hold the settlement conference before the hearing on the motion for summary judgment.

Judge Manglona scheduled a pre-settlement telephone conference for Oct. 31 at 9 a.m., and an early settlement conference for Nov. 21 at 9 a.m.

IPI has denied allegation or inference that it has engaged in any unlawful practices.

IPI said Campbell’s complaint merely states legal conclusions which require no response and the provisions of Americans with Disabilities Act speak for themselves.

In a complaint filed with the federal court, Campbell is seeking a declaratory judgment against IPI for failing to provide reasonable accommodations and failure to engage in an interactive process as required by the ADA.

He also asked for an order awarding him back pay that he would have earned with related monetary benefits and interest if he had not been constructively discharged on June 17, 2016.