Oct 29, 2021 - News
Worker claims cost Des Moines nearly $1.4 million
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Des Moines has settled nearly $1.4 million in worker claims since May, according to documents obtained by Axios through public record requests.

  • Here are the latest legal claims settled for over $1,000 since our last report:
Workers compensation

Darryl Elswick: $525,000 linked with a workers compensation claim from 2017 that left him with a disability.

  • He's a former arborist for the city who had multiple work injury claims dating back to 2012, according to state records.

Michael Houseman: $350,000 to settle at least two workers compensation claims, including one from March of 2017.

  • The former street maintenance worker agreed to separate from city employment within a week of the settlement this past July.
Disability discrimination claim

Allyn Roberts: $500,000 to settle disability discrimination and retaliation in employment claims.

  • The former tree trimmer alleged in a lawsuit that he was wrongfully terminated in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He had worked for Des Moines for 22 years.
Property damage claims
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