Michigan firefighter files lawsuit alleging discrimination

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- An African-American firefighter's federal lawsuit alleges that Lansing leaders failed to stop racial discrimination at the fire department.

The Lansing State Journal reports Michael Lynn Jr. filed a civil complaint last month in U.S. District Court. The suit alleges other firefighters frequently commented on Lynn's race and qualifications, which created a hostile work environment.

Lynn says the discrimination escalated until a banana was left on the windshield of his truck in 2017. Lynn says he felt it was harassment and intimidation. He also alleges the city retaliated against him after he complained about the behavior, a charge Lansing officials have denied.

A city spokeswoman says Lynn is still employed at the department. Lynn says he works in the maintenance and alarm division.