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San Diego jury mulling firefighter-gay pride parade case

February 13, 2009 |  7:58 am

A Superior Court jury of eight women and four men resumes deliberations today in the retrial of a civil suit filed against the city of San Diego by four firefighters who allege they were sexually harassed while driving a fire truck in the 2007 gay pride parade.

The four say they were ordered to drive the truck by their superiors over their protests that other firefighters in the parade had been harassed in previous years. In October, a jury deliberated for four days without reaching a verdict. During the first trial, the firefighters' attorney asked the jury to award each of the four between $500,000 and $1 million in damages.

The city attorney's office, defending the city, has dismissed the firefighters' assertion that they have suffered lasting harm because of the 90-minute parade. Fire Chief Tracy Jarman, who is a lesbian, later changed the city policy to allow firefighters to opt out of the parade.

-- Tony Perry