Georgia Firefighter Settles Sexual Harassment Case for $350k

There has been a settlement in the case of a Peachtree City, Georgia firefighter who alleged that her fire chief had pressured her to have sex with him.

As we reported last December, Peachtree Fire Chief Edwin Eiswerth was accused of repeatedly propositioning a female firefighter, MP. Within hours of the allegations becoming public, Chief Eiswerth announced his retirement effective January 1, 2013.

The settlement calls for MP to receive $350,000, with $300,000 being paid by Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA), the city’s insurer, and $50,000 paid by the city.

In exchange, MP has agreed to dismiss her complaint with the EEOC, and relinquish her right to file future lawsuits over the matter.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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