City of Lincoln files to dismiss former firefighter’s discrimination allegations

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A lawyer for the City of Lincoln asked a judge on Wednesday to dismiss two claims made by a former firefighter.

Lancaster County District Court Judge Robert Otte has not yet made a decision but warned the attorney, Tyler Spahn, that dismissal could end up benefiting Jessie Lundvall, the former firefighter.

Lundvall, a former training officer for Lincoln Fire & Rescue, joined five other women in February alleging harassment and discrimination.

Such allegations have increased in recent years throughout Lincoln’s police and fire departments.

In a timeline laid out in preliminary court documents, Lundvall alleges increasing discrimination throughout her last three years with LFR leading to her termination in June 2021.

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The city is seeking to dismiss two of Lundvall’s three claims:

  1. Sex or Gender Discrimination
  2. Retaliation
  3. Disability Discrimination

Lundvall’s lawyer Kelly Brandon argues that all three claims are direct violations of the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act.

Spahn is only arguing to dismiss claims 1 and 3 due to a lack of evidence.

Otte told Spahn that dismissal would allow Lundvall’s lawyers to make amendments that could strengthen their argument on those allegations.

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