By Kate Acheson and Jim Cline
In Cain v. Montgomery County, the Federal Court in Tennessee dismissed the discrimination and retaliation claims of a lieutenant Emergency Medical Technician (“EMT”) who was demoted for passing gas loudly. A Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services employee, Rita Cain, was hired on as an EMT in 1992 and was later promoted her to the supervisory position of lieutenant EMT in 1996. On March 29, 2010, Cain was present during an EMT’s call to dispatch about a patient’s transport. During that incident, Cain was upset that dispatch had not notified EMS of the transport and stated: “You all don’t tell me shit.” Then, Cain passed gas loudly enough for the dispatcher to hear over the telephone. When the dispatcher complained, Cain dismissed her flatulence as a joke.