Fire Chief Cochran Files Discrimination Complaint For Unjust Firing
Washington Post is reporting;
Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran lost his job at the beginning of the year, following a controversy over a religious book he wrote that compared homosexuality to "pederasty" and "bestiality." Now, Cochran has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission on religious freedom grounds, his attorneys confirmed in an email to The Post.
The complaint, filed Wednesday, accuses the city of violating Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act. The move - "based on the City's clear religious discrimination against the Chief," according to a statement from Cochran's attorneys - could portend future legal action against the city from its former fire chief.
"We are continuing to evaluate all available legal options to vindicate Chief Cochran after his unjust termination," Cochran's attorneys said.
At issue: Cochran's self-published book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked," which called "homosexuality" and "lesbianism" a "sexual perversion" morally equivalent to "pederasty" and "bestiality." Following a month-long suspension related to the book, Cochran's tenure as Atlanta's fire chief was terminated on Jan. 6 by the city's mayor.
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