A Lawrence, Indiana firefighter has been terminated for sexual harassment. Michael Rude was accused of a lengthy list of inappropriate conduct. The Lawrence Merit board rendered its decision on September 1, 2010 after numerous witnesses came forward to describe his conduct, which included groping, repeated inappropriate sexual comments, and entering female only areas of the fire station.
Rude's defense was that sexually explicit language was common in the Lawrence Fire Department. The Merit Board found him guilty of eight of the nine allegations.