Friday, May 22, 2009

Firefighter Lawsuit

A deaf firefighter is suing Newport Beach, California for discrimination. Brett Smith of San Luis Obispo wants $1 million after Fire Chief Steve Lewis withdrew a job offer because of the hearing issue. Smith was offered the position provided he successfully complete a physical but Lewis claims Smith never took a required hearing exam. Smith has been working as a full-time firefighter for the Santa Maria Fire Department for several years without a problem.