Seven former Erlanger police officers sue hospital

CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Seven former Erlanger hospital police officers have filed a lawsuit alleging they were fired for their age or race and against the recommendations of a previous security assessment of the hospital.

The Hamilton County Circuit Court lawsuit, filed April 5, says the men, ranging in age from 45 to 67, were fired a year ago while the hospital was replacing its police department with contracted workers from Walden Security, a Chattanooga-based company.

The plaintiffs -- Jerry Lawrence, 56; Gary Talley, 49; Harold Holliday, 67; Kenneth Cookston, 59; Ronald Capetz, 64; Gary Avans, 66 -- claim age discrimination in the April 2011 firings.

Rodney Patton, 45, claims race discrimination, but his race was not mentioned in the lawsuit.

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