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JIC Post: From PlanetOut NetworkA lesbian firefighter in Minneapolis filed a discrimination suit Tuesday against the city's fire chief, a woman who happens to be the firefighter's former domestic partner.Capt. Jennifer Cornell sued in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against Chief Bonnie Bleskachek, naming the city as a co-defendant, the Pioneer Press newspaper reported.Cornell claims Bleskachek denied her training opportunities and stood in the way of her advancement through "a history of animosity, ill-will, malice and bad faith conduct," the paper reported. The suit seeks an end to discrimination and $75,000 in damages.The case puts Mayor R.T. Rybak, who appointed Bleskachek as chief in November 2004, in a potentially difficult political situation. Both Rybak and Bleskachek have refused comment, the mayor saying through a spokeswoman that he cannot comment on ongoing litigation.Bleskachek, one of the nation's few openly gay fire chiefs, oversees a staff of 450 and a budget of $43 million.The lawsuit also claims that Bleskachek was violent toward Cornell during their relationship. They were domestic partners from 1996 to 2001 and share custody of two children, the paper reported.Bleskachek and Cornell co-founded the Minnesota Women Firefighters Association.
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