Tag Archives: sexual 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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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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Florida Firefighter Sues for Sexual Discrimination

A firefighter-paramedic in Kissimmee, Florida who was terminated in October 2013, has filed suit claiming she was the victim of sexual discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law. Melanie Jerozal filed suit last week in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was terminated just five months after she had been hired, and claims it was “because of her gender...

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Fired Missouri Chief Gains Reprieve

A Missouri deputy chief who was fired in 2011 and sued unsuccessfully for wrongful termination to get his job back, has been rehired by the same department as assistant fire chief. Deputy Chief Cary Spiegel was one of four chief ...

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Michigan Fire Officer Alleges Gender Discrimination

A Michigan fire officer is claiming she was discriminated against when she was not made acting fire chief despite having served as interim chief for eighteen months. Training and Safety Officer Ona Lee Aguilar of the Saginaw Fire Department claims ...

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How Do We Deal With An Incompetent Probie

Today’s burning question: Is it legally acceptable for a chief officer to recommend that a probationary firefighter resign during a fire academy? Answer: There is nothing inherently illegal with an officer recommending that a probie resign. The problem comes in ...

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Cobb County Fire Facing Gender, Pregnancy and FMLA Suit

A Cobb County firefighter has filed suit against her department alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and FMLA violations. Firefighter Alison Carroll has worked for Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services since 2008. She claims she was constructively discharged ...

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Victim of Infamous Los Alamos Bathroom Cam Files Suit

The female firefighter who was the target of an infamous bathroom cam stunt back in 2010 has filed suit against the Los Alamos County Fire Department and the firefighters who allegedly perpetrated the “extreme sexual exploitation”. Jessie Noah was the ...

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Kansas Deputy Chief Settles Claims Against Union

A former duty chief with the Topeka Fire Department has settled a portion of her federal gender discrimination lawsuit by dismissing the union from the action. Deputy Fire Chief Kathy Petty was terminated from the department in February, 2010 during ...

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