Fireman Lawsuuit

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims that a white St. Louis County fire supervisor was retaliated against for refusing to “dig up dirt” on two black employees.

The lawsuit alleges that Chief David Tilley called then-Battalion Chief Steve Wilson into his office and used a racial slur when telling him to go through the computers of the black workers. Wilson, who started with the district in the 1980s when he was 21, claimed he refused. He was demoted to private in 2006 and ultimately fired. After filing a grievance with his union, Wilson returned to work at a private’s rank, but on probation and with an agreement that barred him from getting promoted beyond a certain level. An attorney for the Robertson Fire Protection District says the district completely and steadfastly denies Wilson’s accusations.