Attorney for Camp Taylor deputy fire chief addresses allegations


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 5:18 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's behavior that's gone from the the firehouse to the courthouse.

In a civil suit filed this week, two Camp Taylor firefighters accuse Camp Taylor Fire District and Deputy Chief Steve Adkins of creating a sexually hostile work environment, retaliation and inflicting emotional distress.

Adkins is even accused of using the 'N' word numerous times, but Adkins attorney, Thomas Clay, denies those claims.

"Mr. Adkins says that never happened. He would never use a racial epithet," Clay, said.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs George Givens and Michael Killebrew accuse Adkins of physically harming them, using sexual and inappropriate language around them and threatening to have them fired.

According to Clay, some of the comments have been misconstrued.

"There was physical contact, but at this point, I believe that the physical contact was mutual. There were comments made but those comments were reciprocated," Clay, said.

The attorney for the plaintiff's, Jason McGregor said he can not comment on pending litigation. The plaintiff's are seeking punitive damages.

Clay has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit. 

Deputy Chief Adkins is currently on paid administrative leave.