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A state appeals panel has ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider whether the Kern Community College District in Bakersfield, Calif., must pay $167,202 in attorney fees to a quadriplegic faculty member who won a $37,000 compensatory damage award for disability discrimination.
The district wants the attorney fee award reduced because Adie Geiser won only one of his two major discrimination claims at trial. Both claims related to the lack of wheelchair-accessible bathrooms at the campus.
The district is not challenging the damages award and has already paid the $37,000, according to Bakersfield attorney Arnold Anchordoquy, representing the district.