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Gannett settles a disability discrimination suit

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PHOENIX (AP) - A federal agency says a media company has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit involving an Arizona employee for nearly $50,000.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims Gannett Company Inc. and Gannett Media Technologies Inc. unlawfully fired Robin Parker-Garcia after she returned from a medical leave stemming from her bipolar disorder.

GMTI is a software subsidiary of Gannett and is based in Tempe. The EEOC says Parker-Garcia was an application support analyst at GMTI.

The EEOC sued Gannett and its subsidiary in April 2011 after failing to reach an out-of-court settlement.

In settling the lawsuit, the EEOC says Gannett has agreed to pay Parker-Garcia $49,900 as compensatory damages and back pay.

A call to Gannett's main office in Virginia for comment on the settlement wasn't immediately returned Thursday.

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