Norman C. Neverson, who briefly ran as an independent candidate for the D.C. City Council last September, has won more than $16,000 in a workers compensation case that caused a controversy about his candidacy.
A U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge ordered the compensation award in a ruling that also attacked Neverson's credibility.
"I do not find Mr. Neverson a credible witness because of what I view as misrepresentations in matters such as his job status, his physical activities and his unbelievable explanation as to how he pays his bills," Judge David A. Clarke Jr. wrote in the decision issued earlier this month.
Neverson could not be reached yesterday for comment.
He testified last September that he was disabled and destitute, that he paid his bills by borrowing from one credit company to pay another, that he had "misrepresented" employment information to a credit agency in the process of leasing a 1984 Dodge convertible and that he had trouble getting out of his house because of a crippling hammertoe condition.
In his decision, Clarke found that Neverson's foot condition "was aggravated by his job duties, resulting in pain and temporary inability to work." Neverson had been a salesman for the Xerox Corp. between 1972 and March 1983, traveling to schools and convention sites to sell educational material, the decision stated.
Clarke ruled that Neverson had suffered "a 15 percent permanent partial impairment of each foot," and ordered Xerox to pay him about $270 for 61.5 weeks. The figure is two-thirds of Neverson's average weekly salary when he was at Xerox, according to the ruling.
Neverson testified in the case last September, the same month he appeared on the steps of the District Building to formally launch his campaign for an at-large seat on the City Council. One day later, after The Washington Post reported details of his testimony in the case with the federal Workers Compensation Commission, Neverson withdrew from the race. "I believe my personal problems should not detract from the importance of this election," he said in a statement.