Retired Va. firefighter suing city over discrimination

A retired firefighter claims the city of Norfolk discriminated against him after learning he was gay when he married his husband in 2014


NORFOLK — A former firefighter is suing the city for alleged discrimination he claims he suffered after the fire department learned of his sexual orientation in 2014.

WDBJ 7 reported that Scott Phillips-Gartner claims he was pushed into retirement due to a hostile work environment after he married his longtime partner, and his coworkers found out he was gay.

Phillips-Gartner worked as a 911 operator for the Norfolk Fire-Rescue, as well as an assistant fire marshal and bomb squad technician.

According to the lawsuit, Phillips-Gartner claims the department refused to let him train with the bomb squad after his sexual orientation was known.

He is seeking unspecified damages.

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