Ohio jury awards firefighter $224K

Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) - A jury has found that the city of Cincinnati created a hostile work environment and retaliated against a longtime firefighter, but that his race was not a motive.

The verdict came after four days of deliberations and a week-long trial in Cincinnati fire Lt. Mark Broach's discrimination lawsuit against the city, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The jury awarded Broach $224,000 in damages.

Broach, who is black, says two white fire captains falsely accused him of neglect-of-duty while at a fire and that he was stripped of his lieutenant responsibilities during a four-month investigation that concluded the allegations were unfounded.

He says he was targeted for defending a fellow black firefighter who was being discriminated against and for filing a discrimination complaint with the city.

The department said any actions taken against Broach were because of legitimate concerns.

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