McNicholas & McNicholas secured a $1.5 million settlement on behalf of two firefighter recruits employed with the Compton Fire Department who were discriminated, harassed and retaliated against in violation of California’s Fair Employment Housing Act.

Both firefighters were repeatedly called “old” and deemed likely to fail the Academy’s training program due to their age. The recruits suffered injuries on the job, and one was purposefully pushed down by an instructor. When the injuries were reported, the Academy instructors did not take action and laughed at the recruits. One recruit’s injury was improperly reported, and the other was prohibited from returning to work despite being given medical clearance. Both injuries required extensive therapy.