Paramedic sues ambulance service over profanity
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A former Lower Valley Ambulance Service paramedic sued that Cheswick-based nonprofit organization Wednesday, saying he was terminated after he complained about a supervisor's swearing.
Paul S. Newell Jr., of Springdale, said in the complaint that he was hired there in 2006, and is a practicing Christian. His supervisor used "profane speech and expletives that were highly offensive and/or blasphemous," according to the complaint filed by attorney Joseph H. Chivers.
He complained to the supervisor, then to a higher manager, and was then suspended, the lawsuit said, ostensibly for misprioritizing ambulance calls. He was then fired in May.
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court said he suffered discrimination for being a Christian, and retaliation for complaining. It demanded money and an end to discrimination at the ambulance service.
A representative of the ambulance service had no comment.
First Published February 23, 2012 12:43 am