Former Firefighter In $100 Million Fight For Old Job
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 9, 2006
HARTLAND, MICHIGAN--An organization representing amputee firefighters announced plans Wednesday to file a $100 million lawsuit against a Michigan fire department over claims that it discriminated against a former firefighter who wears a prosthetic leg.
The Amputee Firefighter Association's board of directors voted to sue the Hartland-Deerfield Fire Authority, alleging that it has failed to respond to David Dunville's requests to test for his old on-call firefighter job, according to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.
Dunville, whose lower left leg was amputated after he shattered it in a fall at the fire station in 1999, is the national president of the organization. He now wears a prosthetic leg that is specifically designed to carry the additional weight of a firefighter's gear.
Dunville claims that his requests have been ignored by the fire chief -- a claim the chief denies.
The board said that it is considering filing complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
"Lawsuit to be filed on amputee's behalf" (Daily Press & Argus)
Amputee Firefighter Association