Capt. Jean Kidd said that her demotion in 2009 cost her tens of thousands of dollars in lost salary and benefits and emotional distress, according to the Pioneer Press.
The fire chief at the time said that he demoted Capt. Kidd based on assessments that she was hard to work with. The decision to demote her, however, came after she submitted an anonymous and negative review of the chief's performance.
Capt. Kidd's attorney said that her First Amendment rights were violated.
A Minneapolis city attorney said the city is considering making an appeal to the decision
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Eileen RossFriday, December 21, 2012 5:10:12 PMGood for her! When you have to work with someone who doesn't work up to par, you should not be punished for telling a higher authority.
Leon MyersFriday, December 21, 2012 6:25:07 PMDoes she deserve almost half a million dollars for this?
David LambFriday, December 21, 2012 6:34:37 PMif her assessment of the chief was anonymous...why is it relevent?
Rudy HendrixFriday, December 21, 2012 6:40:28 PMI am thinking that the Chief found out who posted it, and demoted that person... sometimes in departments anonymous is like no name be everyone knows who it was..
James E PhillipsFriday, December 21, 2012 7:05:04 PMThe court said it she got it I hope.He should be demoted Fired for knowingly doing it.
Jon WhiskeyFriday, December 21, 2012 8:41:34 PMwell, may be she doesn't. But it's an incentive for other Chiefs not to do what this Chief did.
Friday, December 21, 2012 9:57:26 PMIs the whole story the fact that the FC felt that she was hard to work with because she had submitted an anonymous negative review of the FC's performance? If so then I don't understand why she was awarded the money. A FC should have the ability to promote and demote people who fit in with his/her management team. If the FC demoted her because of other reasons that are in turn illegal then screw the city and more power to her. I would like to know the whole story before saying good or bad.
Jody WilliamsSaturday, December 22, 2012 5:54:19 AMwhat is her education? what is her experience? how many years on the job? the chief is captain of his ship...he promotes officers most qualified he can work with...perhaps running an engine is her best fit?
Frank AvellinoSaturday, December 22, 2012 7:47:37 AMWell, Get use to it... If states continue to move to a so call "Right to Work" state, people like the chief can do what he wants, when he wants, how he wants with no recourse. Now don't get me wrong, if you can't do the job a change should be made. But not for the color of your hair as an example. So, good for her for standing up for what's right. Isn't that what anyone should and can ask for.... to be treated fair and equal?
Danny D. DavisSunday, December 23, 2012 5:54:23 PMIt seems that the city just paid Kidd off.