7th Circuit: Fire Lieutenant Failed To Show Biased Employee Caused His Firing
(October 20, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT) -- CHICAGO — A former fire department lieutenant who was fired for allegedly verbalizing threats to a co-worker failed to show that the board that ultimately terminated him was influenced by a biased department employee, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 15 (John Michael Woods v. City of Berwyn, No. 13-3766, 7th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 17913).
(Opinion available. Document #73-151106-002Z.)
In January 2010, Berwyn, Ill., Fire Department Lieutenant John Woods sustained a back injury from carrying a 350-pound heart attack victim....