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Judge reverses black fire chief's termination

Judge reverses black fire chief's termination

A "racially inhospitable environment" at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport's fire department led to the unlawful termination of a black deputy fire chief earlier this year, a state judge has ruled — and his firing must now be reversed.

Gregory Lawrence was the first African-American hired as deputy fire chief at the airport, and the first to serve as acting chief. He was fired in March.

"[It] was more likely than not that the only reason for termination of the Employee was his race," administrative law judge Nancy E. Paige wrote in her 54-page decision, which was released Thursday by Lawrence and his attorney. "I conclude that the Employee would not have...