Nebraska Town Settles Former Firefighter’s Sex Bias Lawsuit

September 9, 2014

York, Neb., has settled a lawsuit filed by a former firefighter who alleged sex discrimination for her firing in a disability case.

The York News-Times reports that city and insurance officials had agreed to pay Lisa Peter $100,000.

Peter sued in 2012, saying a city administrator denied her requests for light duty after she broke her heel in a non-work-related accident. When she was not cleared to work without restrictions after she had exhausted her sick days, vacation and federal medical leave, she was fired and replaced by a man.

Her lawsuit says that three years earlier, the same city administrator cut the weekly hours of an ailing male firefighter to ensure he would not run out of leave. He also was given light duty.

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