Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy features KMB clients Greg Bowyer and Gerald Pennington in his April 1, 2009, column discussing race discrimination at the D.C. Fire Department. In their pending whistleblower complaint against the Department, the men allege Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin implemented a race-based employment policy that favored and assigned Whites to the Fire Investigation Unit who lacked the necessary qualifications. The complaint further charges that Bowyer and Pennington were subjected to a campaign of harassment and retaliation after they reported the Department’s mishandling of fire investigations, including the arson investigation at Capitol Hill’s historic Eastern Market. Although both men are highly decorated fire investigators, they have been removed from their investigative duties and reassigned to the Department’s community service unit, where their assignments include inspecting fire hydrants, installing batteries in residents’ fire alarms, and distributing snacks to firefighters at fire scenes.
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