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Salisbury Native Appeals Termination from BWI Airport

 ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Former BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Fire Chief and Salisbury native Gregory Lawrence is appealing his termination by the Maryland Department of Transportation. A hearing has been scheduled for Monday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

According to Chief Lawrence's lawyer, Alan H. Legum, Lawrence was appointed as the first African American Fire Chief but was abruptly fired when it was revealed earlier this year that the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Fire Department was holding an all-white male training class.

Chief Lawrence who had successfully sued the State of Maryland in 2006 alleging racial discrimination, was hired as a Deputy Fire Chief as part of an out of court settlement agreement, according to Legum. Legum says Chief Lawrence has indicated that he has been subject to disparate treatment ever since and feels his termination was payback for his previous lawsuit.
More than twenty-one witnesses are scheduled to testify during the hearing including Maryland State NAACP President Gerald Stansbury and former Civil Rights Director for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Carl O. Snowden, according to Legum.
Legum says several civil rights organizations are planning on attending Monday's hearing, including the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, Vulcan Blazers, Committee of Concerned Citizens, Guardian Knights Inc. and the Caucus of African American Leaders.

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