Firefighter awarded $420,000 after demotion

Capt. Jean Kidd was demoted after submitting a negative assessment of her chief

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis firefighter has been awarded $420,000 after a federal jury agreed that she was unfairly removed from her rank as a deputy chief.

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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