Firefighter's Lawsuit Claims Workplace Was Racially Hostile

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A Canton firefighter claims in a lawsuit against the city that a racially hostile work environment caused him stress and led to his low score on a promotion exam.

Phillip Strickland is seeking more than 200-thousand dollars in damages and other relief in the lawsuit filed yesterday in Stark County Common Pleas Court.

The lawsuit claims that in a September argument about the handling of a fire, a captain addressed Strickland, who is black, as "boy."

Strickland contends the department didn't reprimand the captain, leading to stress that caused him to score low on the promotion exam.

The city says the captain was disciplined, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission found no evidence to support Strickland's complaint of a hostile workplace.