Tag Archives: gender discrimination

Iowa Firefighter Files Suit Alleging Discrimination

An Iowa City firefighter who has been on unpaid leave since 2021 has filed suit alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation. Sadie McDowell filed suit in Johnson County District Court claiming she has been the victim of offensive behavior for most of her career.

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Fire Law Roundup for August 1, 2022

In this episode of Fire Law Roundup for August 1, 2022, Brad and Curt discuss a gender discrimination suit by two chief officers in the Tulsa Fire Department; a ruling by the Texas Court of Appeals holding that backpay for ...

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Two Tulsa Chiefs Sue Claiming Gender Discrimination

Two chief officers in the Tulsa Fire Department have filed suit claiming they were passed over for promotion because of their gender, and retaliated against after they complained. Greta Hurt and Julie Lynn filed suit in US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma alleging a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Madison Physical Abilities Test Upheld as Non-Discriminatory Against Women

The US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has ruled that the City of Madison did not unlawfully discriminate against women applicants to its fire department, despite the fact only 14% passed a physical abilities test that 84% of men passed. The ruling came in a suit brought Catherine Erdman challenging the 2014 hiring process.

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Kentucky Firefighter-Medic Files Suit Against Second Fire Department

A firefighter who is already suing one Louisville Metro fire department for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation has filed suit against a second fire department for refusing to honor its offer to hire her. Jamie Keith filed suit today against the Okolona Fire Protection District contending its refusal to hire her as a PRN paramedic constituted sex discrimination and retaliation.

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Atlanta Captain Alleges Gender Discrimination and Retaliation

An Atlanta Fire Captain who was suspended for fifteen days over patient care issues, has filed suit claiming her discipline and the city’s failure to promote her to an EMS supervisor’s position was retaliation for a gender discrimination complaint she filed. Captain Andrea Nicholle Brock filed suit in US District Court alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.

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Fired Business Manager Sues Ohio Fire Department

A former business manager for an Ohio fire department, has filed suit claiming she was terminated on account of her gender and retaliated against for consulting an attorney. Deborah Roche filed suit today against the Munson Fire Department, Inc. in US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

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Indiana Captain Speaks Out About Retaliation Lawsuit

An Indiana fire captain who claims she was retaliated against after complaining about degrading comments made by a chief officer, is speaking publicly about her lawsuit. Captain Holly Volz filed suit against the City of Fort Wayne earlier this year, accusing the fire department of sexual harassment, retaliation, and disability discrimination.

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Idaho Chief Sues Alleging Gender and Age Discrimination

An Idaho division chief who was fired last year has filed suit claiming she was the victim of gender discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation, and an assortment of tort-related claims. Chief Jessie A. Morrow filed suit this week naming Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, its Board of Commissioners, fire chef and two deputy chiefs.

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Maine Investigator Claims Retaliation and Gender Discrimination

An investigator with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office has filed suit claiming he was denied a promotion in retaliation for his having testified before the state legislature on a pension bill, and on account of his gender. Mark J. Roberts filed suit naming the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Fire Marshal Joseph E. Thomas as defendants.

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