06/06/2013

Fla. cop suing after fired for failing to wear armor

She claims that the surgery she had as a result of breast cancer keeps her from wearing a vest

The Daily Mail

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando police sergeant is claiming gender, age and disability discrimination after she says she was fired because breast implants she'd received while recovering from breast cancer prevented her from wearing a bulletproof vest.

Master Sergeant Rhonda Huckelberry, a 25-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department, has filed a lawsuit against the department after it fired her for failing to wear the vest, despite Huckelberry's being allowed to work without a vest on doctor's orders for the last 17 years.

Until three years ago, Huckelberry was a supervisor on the department's tactical crime unit, according to WFTV in Orlando. However, after a controversial officer-involved shooting, she was kicked out of the unit following a bad review from a supervisor.

Full Story: Orlando police officer fired for failing to wear bulletproof vest after cancer surgery and breast implants

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