Sioux City settles firefighter’s lawsuit over age

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City has agreed to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a firefighter.

The Sioux City Council passed a resolution Monday to settle 48-year-old Brian Thiele’s lawsuit for $45,000. Thiele, a Sioux City Fire Department captain who had served the department for 27 years, claimed in an April 2012 lawsuit that he was discriminated against him when a younger person was named city fire marshal.

The lawsuit claimed Fire Chief Tom Everett told Thiele the new fire marshal, then 37 years old, was young enough to pursue additional education that was desired for the post.

The case was scheduled to go to trial in October.

The Sioux City Journal reports ( ) the city council said the settlement avoided litigation costs, but it was not an admission of wrongdoing.


Information from: Sioux City Journal,

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