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Labor/Employment,
Civil Rights

May 20, 2024

9th Circuit divided over rehearing fired Stockton official's religious discrimination claims

Dissenting opinions argue that former fire chief Ronald Hittle produced ample evidence that he was discriminated against for religious reasons.

A divided 9th Circuit panel denied en banc rehearing of a district court ruling upholding the dismissal of the City of Stockton's fire chief - but not without strong dissent from multiple circuit court judges, including a 34-page dissenting opinion by Circuit Judge Lawrence VanDyke of Reno, Nevada. The dissenting opinions argue that former fire chief Ronald Hittle produced ample evidence that he was discriminated against for religious reasons, and that the opinion goes against a Suprem...

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