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Ruling says case of DC EMT fired in 1997 to live on. Court allows suit over failing to reinstate & provide back pay eight-years-ago to continue.

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In 2004 Steven Steinberg received some positive news about his seven year battle over being terminated as an EMT with the DC Fire & EMS Department. That’s when the DC Office of Employee Appeals ordered that Steinberg was to get his job back along with back pay. But as McClatchy’s Washington Bureau reporter Michael Doyle tells us in his blog Suits & Sentences, that never happened. This prompted a lawsuit by Steinberg.

Doyle reports that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled on Friday, that despite continued legal challenges from the District of Columbia government to have the suit dismissed, the lawsuit will continue. Steinberg’s case has spanned the administration of more than a handful of DC fire chiefs. Mentioned in the ruling are Adrian Thompson, Dennis Rubin and Kenneth Ellerbe. Here’s more from Mike Doyle:

FEMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, and several other former top officers, were scheduled to be deposed July 30. Keep in mind: when handled by a tough, prepared attorney, depositions can be uncomfortable proceedings. And, as it happened, “just four days” prior to the depositions, Boasberg noted, “Mr. Steinberg received a letter from Chief Ellerbe advising him that he would be conditionally reinstated and awarded retroactive back pay and benefits.”

Steinberg says he is permanently disabled, and cannot be restored to his prior position. He stopped appearing for work as an EMT in 1995 when he filed his initial disability claim, actions which eventually led to his termination. Department officials said he was fired for being absent without leave; he says he was wrongfully terminated for filing a workman’s compensation claim.

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