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Lordstown Police seek dismissal of suit filed by fired dispatcher

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio - The Lordstown police department is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a fired fire and police dispatcher who was sleeping on the job.

Lordstown officials fired dispatcher Jim Luonuansuu after he was caught sleeping on the job three different times in 2010. However, after Luonuansuu proved that the incidents were due to a medical condition known as sleep apnea, village officials agreed to bring him back if he signed a "last chance agreement".

In 2011, Luonuansuu was fired again after the village officials say he violated that agreement by filing a claim seeking reimbursement for the cost of a medical fitness examination required by the village.

Luonuansuu filed a federal lawsuit seeking back pay and damages claiming disability discrimination and retaliation by the Lordstown police department.

Last week, the police department filed a motion in U.S. District court stating Luonuansuu failed to submit any claims that would entitle him to relief from the court.

The motion also alleges that it was improper to name the police department as the sole defendant claiming the department is not a legal entity capable of being sued.

21 News left a phone message on the office answering machine of Luonuansuu's attorney, but has not received a response.

In June of last year, Luonuansuu successfully recovered $880 plus interest when a judge in Trumbull County ruled that the village improperly deducted the cost of those medical evaluations. 

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