Firefighter discrimination trial set

LIHUE — A Kauai firefighter’s discrimination case was given a jury trial date on Tuesday in 5th Circuit Court.

Bruce Chapin filed a civil complaint alleging discriminatory compensation and retaliation claims against Kauai Fire Department on May 9, 2013. His attorney Richard Wilson filed the motion to move to trial.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe granted the motion and set the trial date for Aug. 17, 2015.

Chapin was a firefighter since 1989 at the Hanalei station. He alleges that from 2007 through May 20, 2011, he was subjected to unequal compensation terms as conditions, or privileges of employment because of his race — caucasian. He also claims retaliation from his opposition to what he called discriminatory practices.

The complaint alleges negligent supervision for failing to properly supervise employees, and negligent training to prevent violation of state anti-discrimination laws, and failing to investigate, remedy and prevent discrimination.

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