A former Orono Fire Chief is suing the town, saying officials discriminated against him because of his age and health.
The lawsuit involving 63-year-old Norman “Buddy” Webb was moved to federal court this week.
It was originally filed last month.
Webb was fired two years ago after nearly three decades at the fire department.
It came one day after he filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission.
Webb’s lawyer claims Orono’s town manager, Sophie Wilson, ended Webb’s contract six months early because he was scheduled for upcoming surgery on both knees and she wanted to save the town the medical expense.
The town’s lawyer denies those claims.
In court documents, he says Webb was fired “based on performance issues and insubordination” and that his contract allowed for termination without cause.
The town’s lawyer is also asking for the case to go before a jury.