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.

Recommended for you

Join the discussion

Copyright © 2020 All rights reserved.