Settlement reached in South Georgia firefighter lawsuit - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Settlement reached in South Georgia firefighter lawsuit

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Large bee hive being relocated from Valdosta business

    Large bee hive being relocated from Valdosta business

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:09:36 GMT
    The bees have made a hive inside an exterior wall at the back of The Snake Pit and a bee keeper has set up a box on the outside of the wall next to the hive to collect the bees and has been working to relocate the bees for past couple of months.More >>
    The bees have made a hive inside an exterior wall at the back of The Snake Pit and a bee keeper has set up a box on the outside of the wall next to the hive to collect the bees and has been working to relocate the bees for past couple of months.
    More >>
  • Phoebe holds blood drive Thursday

    Phoebe holds blood drive Thursday

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:11:37 GMT
    (Phoebe Putney)(Phoebe Putney)
    The gift of life is priceless and it is a gift that many can give Thursday, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Phoebe's current drive is part of an ongoing effort to encourage all who qualify to give blood.More >>
    The gift of life is priceless and it is a gift that many can give Thursday, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Phoebe's current drive is part of an ongoing effort to encourage all who qualify to give blood.More >>
  • Lee Co. family offers reward for missing jewelry

    Lee Co. family offers reward for missing jewelry

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:06:24 GMT
    A Lee County family is offering a reward tonight to catch a thief they say stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from their home.More >>
    A Lee County family is offering a reward tonight to catch a thief they say stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from their home.More >>

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Three South Georgia firefighters won a federal lawsuit against their employer Tuesday. They hope it will bring about changes in their county.

Attorney Louis Hatcher filed suit against Decatur County for the firemen. Guy Yates, Steve Enfinger and the now deceased Captain Jimmy Bellflower were suspended without pay in 2005 after they reported that co-workers cheated on a state-mandated test.

They say they were also punished because they supported a discrimination lawsuit filed by Michele Lagace. She claimed she was denied a job because she was a woman. Hatcher says that started a barrage of cover-ups and deception at Decatur County Fire and Rescue.

"I can't speak to the souls of those folks that are down there perpetrating misconduct, that accuse people wrongfully, that would put people's property and lives in danger because they're so busy protecting the good old boy system. God will deal with their souls but I tell you what, an Albany jury dealt with their misconduct," said Hatcher.

The firefighters were awarded $750,000 in Albany federal court Tuesday. Lagace previously settled out of court for $175,000.

Hatcher says another lawsuit is in the works because a female firefighter finally hired by the county was sexually harassed so badly that she quit.

Feedback


©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.