The settlement of a lawsuit filed by a female candidate for the Kenner, Louisiana Fire Department, has sparked a second lawsuit – this one over access to the terms of the settlement.
Jack Zewe, described in the media as a critic of the city administration, filed suit seeking records related to the city’s defense and settlement of a lawsuit filed by Tanya Virgadamo last year. Virgadamo sued the city in US District Court claiming sex discrimination.
Among her allegations were that she was asked a number of inappropriate questions during her interview, including “whether she objected to ‘the use of obscene language’ in her ‘presence’ and whether Plaintiff objected ‘to seeing males in various state of undress.’”
Virgadamo’s suit was settled last September on confidential terms, and she was hired by the Kenner Fire Department earlier this year. She graduated from the training academy last month.
Zewe is seeking information on the terms of the settlement of Virgadamo’s suit under the state’s public records law, including invoices for the settlement and attorneys fees, as well as a copy of the settlement agreement. The city denied Zewe’s initial request, prompting the filing of the lawsuit.
Here is a copy of Zewe’s suit: Zewe v Gruntz
Here is a copy of Virgadamo’s complaint: KFD Lawsuit Virgadamo