- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The city of Charlotte has hired an attorney to investigate the claims of a former fire department employee that she was terminated for complaining about the conditions of an office building.

The Charlotte Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1ukSV9Y) the city has hired Greensboro attorney Allison Van Laningham to review complaints by former fire investigator Crystal Eschert.

Eschert says the city fired her because she acted as a whistleblower in raising safety concerns about a building being renovated for the department.

The city denies that, saying Eschert was fired for what it said was an offensive Facebook post about the aftermath of the shooting of a black teen by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The newspaper said Eschert is the first person fired for violating the city’s social media policy.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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