Tag Archives: sexual harassment

Louisiana Fire Dispatchers Claim Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Three dispatchers for the Jefferson Parish East Bank Consolidated Fire Protection Bureau have filed suit alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation. Monica Mitchell, Melissa Burkett, and Tammy Cavanaugh claim their supervisor, Robert Funk, discriminated against them and subjected them to a hostile work environment.

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Burning Question on What To Do If A Subordinate or Coworker Sues

Today’s burning question: One of my subordinates filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the fire department, the fire chief, the deputy chief and 75 John Does. Many members don’t want to work with her and are concerned about being formally named in the lawsuit. Can the city put her on paid leave pending the results of an investigation? Is there any case law that you can think of off the top of your head?

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FDNY Reverse Discrimination and Retaliation Suit Will Continue

An FDNY battalion chief who claims he was subjected to reverse discrimination and retaliation after reporting rumors about paramedic having sex with a firefighter in his fire station, has lost 13 of the 20 counts in his lawsuit, but he will be allowed to proceed on the remaining seven against the city and FDNY.

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Arizona Fire District Sued Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Allegations of sexual assault and a hostile work environment have been swirling for over a year in the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District, but this week two former firefighters filed suit against the district, a former fire chief and his wife, and a current captain and his wife.

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Denial of Disability Pension Reversed Due to Bias By Pension Board Members

An Illinois firefighter who claims she was sexually harassed to the point she became disabled, has prevailed in the appeal of the denial of her disability pension because three of the five pension board members participated in the harassment. Sugar Grove Fire Protection District lieutenant Sara Naden claims she was forced off the job in March, 2014

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RI Firefighter Sues Council President and Town Over Outrageous Remarks

A firefighter who the town council president called a “sociopath” and threatened to “cut off his balls and feed them to his god-damn dog” is now suiting the town and the council president. David Gorman filed suit against East Greenwich and Council President Sue Cienki for defamation, invasion of privacy/false light, and sexual harassment.

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Demotion of Salt Lake Fire Marshal Overturned

The Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission has overturned the demotion of Fire Marshal Martha Ellis, finding that the city wrongly demoted her in last year. Chief Ellis was demoted from battalion chief to captain for an "apparent lack of engagement with [her] current assignment, a lack of ownership of [her] job responsibilities, an inability or unwillingness to follow instructions ..."

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Providence Rescue Officer Awarded $800k For Sexual Harassment

A federal jury took just four hours to award a former Providence Fire Department rescue officer $800,000 in damages for sexual harassment and retaliation. Lori Franchina filed suit in 2012 claiming she had been subjected to numerous instances of harassment, including incidents where co-workers refused to assist her at emergency scenes.

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