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Former fire chief sues city, officials for racial discrimination

Former fire chief sues city, officials for racial discrimination

A former Pensacola fire chief is suing the City of Pensacola and several city officials.

Matt Schmitt said the city, the mayor, city administrator and the chief human resources officer violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In the lawsuit, Schmitt claims he and Deputy Chief Joe Glover were fired in retaliation for filing Equal Opportunity charges with the city for racial discrimination.

Court documents show while serving as chief, Schmitt met with the city administrator to discuss concerns of racial discrimination.

Glover and Schmitt filled EEOC charges after being denied a pay raise.

Shortly after, the city began an investigation into the fire officials.

Three months later, Schmitt and Glover were fired for a "loss in confidence".

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