Flint Firefighter Awarded $150,000 for "Reverse Discrimination"
Flint Council Hands Down Settlement
Mon., Feb. 14, 2005
02-14-05] On the evening of February 14, 2005, the Flint (Michigan) City Council
approved a $150,000.00 settlement to Flint Firefighter John Linker. Mr. Linker, a
white male, was the victim of reverse racial discrimination when he applied for promotions
to the Flint Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief position in the years 2000-2001.
The Linker case was originally dismissed but, on November 25, 2003, the Michigan Court of
Appeals reversed and reinstated the Linker case. Last night, the case settled for
The evidence showed that the then Flint Fire Chief, Thereon Wiggins, on an almost daily
basis, used racist terms such as "honky" and "white boy". Mr. Linker
was passed over for two (2) promotions despite the fact that he had superior test scores
The Linker case is one of a number of reverse discrimination cases successfully brought
against the regime of the then Flint Mayor Woodrow Stanley. Stanley was eventually
recalled amid charges of reverse racial discrimination.
Mr. Linkers attorney, Glen N. Lenhoff, criticizes Michigan Governor Jennifer
Granholm on the issue of reverse discrimination. Governor Granholm supported Mayor Stanley
in the Recall election, and is now taking a position against the Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative a Ballot Initiative that would combat reverse discrimination and that
will be on the Ballot in November of 2006.
Middle-class white males deserve the same civil rights protection as any other group.
Linker is a strong precedent in favor of such protection.
Lawyer for the
Attorney Glen N. Lenhoff litigated this case on behalf of firefighter John Linker.
As a result of Attorney Lenhoff's efforts,a on Feb. 14, 2005 the Flint, Michigan City
Council approved a $150,000 settlement payment to plaintiff John Linker.
Glen N. Lenhoff
328 Saginaw Street
8th Floor, North Building
Flint, Michigan 48502
Phone: (810) 235-5660
Fax: (810) 235-5641
END Case 38: B. Flint Firefighter Awarded $150,000 for
Department "Reverse Discrimination"