PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh will pay $7,500 to settle a retired firefighter's claims that his sick pay was being withheld because he criticized city street crews in a TV news interview just days before he retired.

The 56-year-old retiree, David Cerminara, claimed the city retaliated after he told KDKA-TV it was "stupid, and a waste of taxpayer money" when lines painted on a city street near the fire station in May were removed hours later when the street was repaved.

Cerminara's July 5 lawsuit contends the city public safety director disciplined him and withheld his accrued sick pay in retaliation. But the city says the $16,000 check was cut days before Cerminara filed the lawsuit and he just hadn't picked it up.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( http://bit.ly/Xse8U8) says attorneys for both sides have confirmed the settlement.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com