An ex-firefighter in Richmond, Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming he suffered abuse from Battalion Chief Sidney Lynch and was wrongfully terminated. Kenneth Prather filed his lawsuit on January 31, 2012 in Madison Circuit Court, nine days after his termination.
Prather claims he was the victim of “a pattern of abusive, harassing, inappropriate and threatening conduct,” according to the lawsuit. Prather claims he reported the abuse to Chief Buzzy Campbell, but no corrective action was taken against the battalion chief. Prather claimed that Lynch physically abused him during a training exercise. Lynch and Prather began arguing during the exercise and Lynch was asked to leave the facility by a supervisor. Witnesses reported seeing Lynch place his foot on Prather’s back as he was crawling during the exercise.
No one should have to tolerate verbal and physical abuse in the workplace. Prather was right to speak up to management—that is the first step to resolve most workplace disputes. However, once it became clear that Campbell fired him for making a complaint, Prather may have a valid claim for wrongful termination.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys