A bus driver who saved a woman from a domestic violence dispute was fired by his employee. Milwaukee bus route supervisor William H. Bierman Jr. noticed an intoxicated man battering a woman on the street while on his shift and broke up the incident. He was punched twice by the man, who was eventually arrested by police. But rather than being applauded for his efforts, the Milwaukee Country Transit system fired him.
His termination letter, sent last October, accused him of violating company policy by not contacting police and setting them up for a potential lawsuit. “You acted outside the scope of your employment as a route supervisor, compromised your own safety and exposed your employer to potential liability and its image and reputation to potential harm,” read the letter. Until earlier this month, Bierman was unable to even receive unemployment benefits. He has now filed a lawsuit and hopes to eventually get his job back.
“I guess I’m supposed to act like nothing was happening. Don’t be a human. Don’t be a citizen,” he said. “If your wife or daughter were being attacked and was asking for help, wouldn’t you want someone to step in and help? I think I did the right thing. I know I did the right thing.”
Officials with the transit system have declined to comment because they don’t “publicly respond to personnel matters.”
(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)