Tag Archives: hostile work environment

Illinois Lieutenant Claims Retaliation

An Illinois fire lieutenant who claims he was retaliated against after reporting sexually harassing behavior in his department, has filed suit alleging retaliation, hostile work environment, and whistleblower violations. Steven Edwards filed suit against the Mount Prospect Fire Department, three chiefs and the HR Director.

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LA City Firefighter Sues Claiming Continuing Reverse Discrimination

A white male Los Angeles City firefighter who sought a restraining order against a black female firefighter in 2017, and sued the city for reverse discrimination in 2018, has filed another suit against the city claiming he continues to be adversely affected and retaliated against. James Sharlein filed suit against the city last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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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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Oregon Firefighters Allege Discrimination and Retaliation

Three firefighters with the City of Hillsboro, Oregon, have filed suit claiming they have been the victims of discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation. Anne Raven, Miguel Bautista and Paul Harvey filed a 56-page, 227-paragraph complaint in Washington County Circuit Court last month.

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New York Firefighter Alleges Harassment and Retaliation

A volunteer firefighter with the Lakeview Fire Department in New York has filed suit in federal court alleging a variety of civil rights violations and state law claims against what the complaint describes as "a cabal comprised of officers and publicly elected officials of the Lakeview Fire District and Lakeview Fire Department."

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Female FDNY EMT Claims Gender Discrimination By Female Chief

An FDNY EMT has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit accusing a female deputy chief of going on a campaign to damage her career. Margot Loth filed suit on Saturday in US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit claims that Deputy Chief Donna Tiberi engaged in repeated acts of discrimination against Loth.

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Alabama Chiefs Accuse Local Officials of Conspiracy

Two Alabama chief officers have filed suit against eight current and former local officials alleging they engaged in a conspiracy to fire the chiefs. Northport Fire Chief Bart Marshall and Battalion Chief Richard Brown filed suit this week naming Councilman Robby Davis, Mayor Donna Aaron, former councilman Jody Jobson, ...

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Missouri Firefighter Alleges Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

A Missouri firefighter has filed suit against her department, two chiefs, a captain and a firefighter-colleague alleging she has been sexual harassed and retaliated against. Dana Osborne filed suit last week in citing a litany of boorish behaviors perpetrated by her captain and others within the Nixa Fire Protection District.

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Topeka Prevails in Gender Discrimination Suit

The US District Court for the District of Kansas has granted summary judgment to the City of Topeka in a suit brought by a female firefighter alleging she was subjected to a hostile work environment and retaliation. Amy Bermudez, a 25-year veteran of the department, filed suit in 2018 alleging the harassment stretched back to 2014.

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California City Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $348k

The City of St. Helena has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former fire department employee who claims that male firefighters subjected her to a hostile work environment. Alison Mattioli filed suit last year claiming that members of the all-male fire department subjected her to “hostile, demeaning and disrespectful conduct.”

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Chicago Fire Prevails in Discrimination Suit

The Chicago Fire Department has prevailed in a lawsuit filed by a Hispanic firefighter who claimed he was the victim of a hostile workplace. Last Friday, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted a summary judgment to the city in a suit brought by Firefighter Ricardo Gomez

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California Chief Sued for Sexual Harassment

A woman who claims she was sexually harassed by the fire chief of the Bakersfield Fire Department while both were employed by the city in 2017-2018, has filed suit against the city and the chief. The woman identified only as Jane Doe claims that former Fire Chief Douglas Greener began harassing her in the fall of 2017.

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