New York fire chief's son files discrimination complaint over hair length

  • Source: Utica Observer Dispatch
  • Published: 02/17/2017 12:00 AM

The son of Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks has filed a federal civil complaint against the City of Utica alleging the city violated federal and state anti-discrimination laws. On Dec. 2, John Brooks filed the federal civil complaint saying he was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Utica Fire Department — where he has been employed as a firefighter-paramedic since 2006 — because he requested an accommodation as a practicing Nazirite. A Nazirite is a person who vows to abstain from alcohol, avoid defilement by contact with corpses and does not cut their hair, according to the complaint.


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