The California Court of Appeals, 2nd District, yesterday reversed one of the most celebrated fire service discrimination cases of the decade. LA City Firefighter Brenda Lee claimed she was harassed and discriminated against based on her race, gender and sexual orientation. She obtained a $6.2 million jury verdict in 2007.
The court ruling handed down on Thursday, February 18, 2010, held that Lee failed to pursue administrative remedies available to her. Lee’s law suit was one of a number of law suits against LA City FD that led one publication to issue the headline “Lawsuit Sweepstakes at LAFD”.