A Massachusetts firefighter is seeking $2.75 million in damages for sexual discrimination that led to her being passed over for promotion. Tracy Blanchette filed suit last week naming the City of Methuen and Fire Chief John T. Sheehy as defendants.
Blanchette, a 27-year veteran, claims she was wrongly passed over for promotion in 2019, in favor of a male firefighter who scored lower than her on assessment testing. That prompted her to file complaints with the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission and the state Commission Against Discrimination. Thereafter, she was ostracized within the Methuen Fire Department.
The suit seeks damages for lost wages, back pay, pension benefits and emotional distress. It was filed in Essex County Superior Court. A copy of the complaint is not available. More on the story.
Updated: November 23, 2021 – here is a copy of the complaint: