An Akron firefighter fired by the city when he moved out of Akron has won his battle in court to be paid back wages after the city was ordered to re-instate him with seniority to his job.
Tim Semelsberger decided to move out of the city after the state legislature changed residency requirements meaning Akron's residency requirement for city employees was no longer valid. The city fired him anyway. Semelsberger chose to take the firing to an arbitrator. Following a five year legal battle the arbitrator ruled in favor of Semelsberger and his union International Association Of Firefighters Local 330. He was ordered reinstated with seniority and pay.
Akron reinstated Semelsberger , but appealed the arbitration order to pay him more than $250,000 in back pay to Summit County Common Pleas Court. Judge Thomas Parker this week upheld the arbitrator's ruling and ordered the city to give Tim Semelsberger his back pay.