Ga. firefighters win discrimination lawsuit
By Brennan Leathers
DECATUR COUNTY, Ga. — A federal jury has awarded money to three Decatur County firefighters who claimed they were discriminated because they spoke out during a hiring dispute in 2005.
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia awarded $250,000 each to two paid Fire and Rescue firefighters and the estate of a third who died after making an initial complaint.
The decision happened Tuesday morning in the Albany, Ga., courtroom of U.S. District Judge W. Lewis Sands. A final judgment could come within the next 30 days, according to County Attorney Brown Moseley. Court staff said further details of Tuesday’s decision were not immediately available.