Tag Archives: gender discrimination

Jury Awards San Jose BC $800k For Retaliation

A jury has awarded a San Jose battalion chief $800,000 for retaliation, while ruling in favor of the city on identical claims by a former fire captain. BC Patricia Tapia and Captain Debra Ward sued the city in 2014 claiming they has been unlawfully retaliated against after settling a discrimination lawsuit in 2012.

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Lynchburg Facing Sexual Harassment Suit

The City of Lynchburg, Virginia is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former female firefighter who claims she was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment culminating in her decision to resign in 2015. Ruth Anne L. Phillips alleges she was subjected to “unlawful employment discrimination and hostile work environment based on age, gender, sex, sexual harassment, assault, and retaliation."

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Florida Court Finds No Gender Discrimination In Promotional Process

A Florida deputy chief who was passed over for promotion to fire chief has lost a sex discrimination suit that claimed the position was awarded to a less qualified male. Deputy Chief Shari Hall claimed that Marion County’s decision to promote another deputy chief was discriminatory because she was far more qualified.

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Utica Fire Chief’s Son Sues City For Discrimination

The son of Utica, New York Fire Chief Russell Brooks has filed suit against the city claiming he is being discriminated against on account of his religion and gender over the length of his hair. John Brooks, a Utica firefighter, filed suit in US District Court in December accusing the city of discrimination.

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ACLU Sues RI Fire District For Gender Discrimination

Two Rhode Island firefighters supported by the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union are suing their former fire department and fire chief for sex discrimination. Kimberly Perreault and Linda Ferragamo claim that they were terminated from the Harmony Fire District after they spoke out about unfair conditions for female firefighters.

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Separate Fire Station Facilities For Men and Women

Today’s burning question: Do we have to provide separate sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities for male and female employees? Answer: While there are no requirements that fire departments provide separate facilities for men and women, providing separate facilities is a wise move that can head off a host of headaches down the road.

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Indiana Recruit Claims Sex Discrimination

A female recruit who was fired on graduation day from the Fort Wayne Fire Department’s training academy in 2014, has filed suit alleging gender discrimination. Victoria Bolden filed suit on July 21, 2016 claiming that her termination on June 10, 2014 was based on her gender.

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Indiana Firefighter Sues for Sex Discrimination

A volunteer firefighter in Indiana who was claims she was “removed” from her department has filed suit in US District Court in Indianapolis alleging gender discrimination. Elizabeth McKee accuses Fire Chief Jack Brockman and the Amity Community Volunteer Fire Department of eliminating her position in “logistics”, demanding she return her pager and keys, and terminating her from the department on account of her gender.

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Ohio Firefighter Files Sexual Harassment Suit

An Ohio firefighter who claims she has been subjected to years of harassment and discrimination has filed suit against her department and her fire chief. Amie Morningstar filed suit last week in US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio naming the Circleville Fire & EMS Department, the City of Circleville, and Fire Chief Marc Zingarelli.

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Kentucky Captain Sues For Gender Discrimination

A Kentucky fire captain has filed suit against her department alleging gender-based discrimination over disciplinary charges that were filed against her last year. Middletown Fire Protection District Captain Natalie Taylor was suspended last December over comments she made about the department’s leadership at a November 20, 2014 officer's training session.

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