Ocean City, N.J., has agreed to a monetary settlement with a former
Beach Patrol lifeguard, who sued claiming age discrimination.
The city will pay Michael Hamilton, 67, $50,000. He sued the Ocean
City Fire Department in 2009, claiming that former Fire Chief
Joseph Foglio Jr. and his department changed qualification rules
after Hamilton filed an ethics complaint alleging nepotism.
According to reports, Hamilton, a 40-year veteran on the beach,
failed a running test, which would have ended his career. He later
outperformed younger rookies in other tests, allowing him to remain
on the Beach Patrol.
Foglio did hire his daughter to the beach patrol in 2006, but an
investigation following Hamilton’s complaint found no
evidence of nepotism. Read more...