Detriot Lions Legend Lem Barney sues DMC for harrassment & age discrimination
Detroit Lions legend Lem Barney filed a lawsuit this morning against the Detroit Medical Center and a supervisor there, saying he was harassed and eventually fired from his position as the Physician Relations and Recruitment officer because of his age.
The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, also claims DMC violated the Family and Medical Leave Act. Barney had just returned to work after several weeks off, recuperating from back surgery, when he was terminated Feb. 21.
DMC officials reviewed the suit this morning but declined comment.
Barney, 67, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who played for the Lions in 1967-78, was recruited by DMC for the public relations spot in 2006. According to the lawsuit, a supervisor, Sherrie Killebrew, continually suggested it was time for him to retire, noting that Barney is in his 60s.