- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The first female battalion chief for the Salt Lake City Fire Department has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2e6cRRj ) that the suit filed by 21-year firefighting veteran Martha Ellis says she was retaliated against in the workplace for pointing out questionable practices by higher-ups, including possible fraud, fire code violations and cover-ups.

Ellis was demoted to captain May 3 from division chief of logistics.

The suit asks for Ellis to be reinstated to her previous position and given back pay as well as seeking unspecified damages. Ellis’ attorney, Jaqualin Peterson, says her client tried unsuccessfully to resolve the issues and the lawsuit was a last resort.

City Hall spokesman Matthew Rojas says the city doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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