Florida firefighter sues Fire Rescue over alleged disability discrimination

  • Source: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
  • Published: 01/11/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A Palm Beach County firefighter is suing Fire Rescue after he says a captain discriminated against his disability. Eduardo Mesa said others then joined in on the retaliation. Eduardo Mesa's lawsuit is at least the fourth lawsuit filed against the county or Fire Rescue regarding discrimination and retaliation since 2016. In this most recent case, Mesa claims some fire rescue staff discriminated against his disability, his religion, and his nationality. In the lawsuit filed this week, Mesa said that because of a condition/disability, he "experiences eye movements/twitches" that result in "unusual blinking/closing eyes for a few seconds at a time." Mesa said he was harassed for his blinking by a captain during recruit academy training and asked "whether he was sleeping or praying." Another lawsuit was filed in 2016 by Division Chief Joey Cooper, who has been with the department for 28 years. There's also a lawsuit filed by Sharon Wilson, who claimed she was discriminated against after injuring her wrist during the recruit academy. None of these lawsuits have been settled yet.


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