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Black Firefighter Lacks Bias Claims Against Town Meeting Member

Feb. 22, 2021, 9:24 PM

A Black Brookline, Mass., firefighter failed to show an elected town meeting member discriminated against him based on race, retaliated against him for speaking out against racial bias, or conspired with others to deny his constitutional rights, the First Circuit ruled.

Stanley Speigel is also an appointed member of a town government advisory committee, the court said. Gerald Alston sued Spiegel, the town, its board of selectmen, certain board members, the town counsel and human resources director, and a firefighters union under 42 U.S.C. §§1981, 1983, and 1985.

A lower court dismissed the claims against Spiegel for failure to state...

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