Burlington Settles Employment Discrimination Claim with Deputy Fire Chief
An insurance company working for the City of Burlington has agreed to pay a $90,000 settlement to John Matthew Lawrence, the city’s deputy fire chief. The settlement is in response to Lawrence’s claims of employment discrimination. Lawrence was not selected as the city’s fire chief in August 2020, as the city chose instead to hire Jay Mebane – a former Burlington fire fighter and then director of Burlington’s inspections department. Lawrence filed his claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 11 days after Mebane was named the new chief. With the $90,000 settlement, the City of Burlington admits no wrongdoing, and Lawrence agrees not to pursue additional legal action against the city.