Nashville Firefighter Fired For Allegedly Having Sex On Duty
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville Firefighter has been fired after officials said he engaged in what they called "inappropriate conduct" while on duty.
Officials with the Nashville Fire Department said 28-year-old Joel H. Mitchell was fired Friday for engaging in consensual sex while on duty. They said a complaint was filed against him back in December.
According to Deputy Chief Kim Lawson, the encounter occurred while Mitchell was working at a fire station other than his own. During the course of the investigation, officials said it was revealed that the complainant had visited Mitchell's normally assigned station on other occasions, as well.
Mitchell was found guilty of multiple violations during a panel hearing on Tuesday. He had been with the department for six years.
Following his termination, Mark Young, President of the IAFF Local 140 said the complaint was nothing more than a matter of "revenge" by a former co-worker.
"This is all coming from a former co-worker and her current boyfriend," he said. "Mitchell had worked with her at a another place of employment. The complainant(‘s) boyfriend has made known that he is set out to do whatever possible to ruin the career of Mitchell."
Young said there was no evidence presented that would warrant termination. He worries about the precedent this could set.
"Never, ever have I dealt with a disciplinary issue where there was zero evidence and termination was the end result," Young said. "We definitely don't want anybody to just come off the street and file a complaint against someone and the person is terminated without any evidence."
Young said the union has started the appeal process and believes the ruling will be overturned.