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FIRED BUS DRIVER WINS SETTLEMENT

A 400-pound bus driver fired because he could not fit behind the steering wheel has accepted a $7,500 settlement in a discrimination lawsuit against his employer.

Larry Goodin was fired from Centro bus company in Syracuse in 1983 after being informed that his weight interfered with his driving. Goodin filed a complaint with the state Division of Human Rights, alleging he had been singled out because of his weight and race.

"I never said there was any discrimination. People at human rights felt it was discrimination. They felt if they laid off a large Negro they should lay off a large Caucasian, too," Goodin said.

Dale Madison, executive officer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 580, said Goodin was fired because he could not fit behind the steering wheel.

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