The settlement of a federal court lawsuit brought by a former fire chief claiming disability discrimination is now in the hands of taxpayers who will vote to approve or reject the settlement next week at a special fire district meeting.
Former Thompsonville Fire District Fire Chief Frank Alaimo filed suit last year claiming he was the victim of disability discrimination, failure to pay wages, and false light invasion of privacy following his suspension for arriving late at a fatal fire in 2014. Here is more on that part of the story.
The parties have reached a settlement in the case that calls for Chief Alaimo to receive $15,000 per year over the next 10 fiscal years to settle his claims. In order for that settlement to become final, it must be approved by the voters of the Thompsonville Fire District.
The meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 4, 2016. Should the voters reject the settlement, the case will proceed towards trial.