Newport Beach firefighters sue department, alleging age discrimination

Three high-ranking Newport Beach firefighters sued the city this month, alleging that their superiors tried to force them out of the department because of their age. The lawsuit says the alleged discrimination started after Chief Scott Poster came aboard in February 2012. Since then, the suit says, Division Chiefs Ron Gamble and Ralph Restadius and Battalion Chief Todd Knipp have been cut out of decision-making and pressured to retire in favor of younger workers. Each of them is older than 50 and has worked at the Newport Beach Fire Department since 1985, according to the complaint filed Dec. 11 in Orange County Superior Court. The suit seeks unspecified damages. City Atty. Aaron...