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Judge douses decision that gave $189K to Pasco firefighters

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An appeals court has thrown cold water on two Pasco firefighters who won a $189,000 jury award. The appellate judge overturned a lower court’s decision in a discrimination lawsuit they filed against Pasco County and the firefighter’s union.

Anthony Booth and Jerry Brown had filed racial discrimination charges against their captain in 2007. A jury agreed they had suffered discrimination and awarded them $23,000 in damages. They also awarded $166,000 to compensate them for retaliation on the part of the county and the union.

Their most notable allegation: that the union posted a “legal update” on the firehouse bulletin board stating that union dues were likely to go up because of Booth and Brown’s “frivolous lawsuit.”

The county also allegedly suspended the two and forced them to undergo psychological examinations before they could be reinstated.

Pasco County has already spent an estimated $165,000 defending the case.

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