Tag Archives: hostile work environment

Washington State FD Settles Sex Discrimination Claims for $600k

A Washington state firefighter has agreed to settle two sexual discrimination lawsuits she filed against her fire department and several officers for $600,000. Andra Thompson claims that she had been subjected to a hostile work environment, sex discrimination, and retaliation during her 11 years with the Kennewick Fire Department.

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FDNY Firefighter Facing Termination for Creating Hostile Work Environment

An FDNY firefighter is facing possible termination over a series of incidents that occurred in 2012 that began with the wearing of uniform look-alike t-shirts that offended minority firefighters. Judge Alessandra Zorgniotti ruled earlier this month that FF Thomas Buttaro, a 17 year veteran assigned to Ladder 123, should be terminated...

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Suit Accuses NY Fire Department of Sexual Harassment

A veteran Schenectady firefighter has filed suit against the city claiming she has been subjected to a variety of outrageous comments and conduct creating a sexually hostile workplace. Jennifer Costa, a firefighter and paramedic in the Schenectady Fire Department since 2001, claims she was repeatedly subjected to lewd behavior; passed over for promotion in favor of less senior, less qualified and less well-trained males; and retaliated against following complaints she made about harassing behavior.

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California FD sued for Sexual Harassment

A California fire department is facing a sexual harassment suit filed by a female firefighter who claims that she was driven from the department due to a hostile workplace. Andrea Waters filed suit against the City of Petaluma alleging she was subjected to a hostile work environment, discrimination, and retaliation.

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Shot Clock Reset on Toledo Sexual Harassment Suit

A well known sexual harassment suit involving the Toledo Fire Department filed in 2005 is back in the news because it has been dismissed… and refiled. The suit was filed by three Toledo firefighters who claim they were subjected to gender discrimination, a hostile work environment, and retaliation

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Jacksonville Lieutenant Sues For Sexual Harassment

A rescue lieutenant with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue has filed a sexual harassment suit in US District Court for the Middle District of Jacksonville, Florida. Lieutenant Candice Buckner claims she was harassed and that once she complained her problems got worse. She alleges that much of the harassment came from fellow officers.

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NY Discipline Upheld by Appellate Division

A former fire chief has lost his bid to be reinstated to his New York fire company following allegations he cursed at fellow firefighters, didn’t wear proper PPE and refused to follow orders at a fire scene. Michael Pasqua, a ...

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Charlotte Facing FMLA Retaliation Suit

A civilian analyst with the Charlotte Fire Department has filed suit claiming the department retaliated against her in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act. Rachel Pillar filed the action earlier this year in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, but the ...

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Jury Awards $224k To Cincinnati Fire Lieutenant

The jury has returned in the Cincinnati race discrimination lawsuit brought by Lieutenant Mark Broach, leaving both sides to claim victory… of sorts. Lt. Broach alleges he was targeted by the department after he came to the defense of  another ...

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Maryland EMT Alleges Sexual Harassment

An EMT with the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Company has filed suit in federal court in Maryland alleging she has been sexually harassed and retaliated against. Susan Williams claims that a deputy chief harassed her over an extended period of ...

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Two Kentucky Firefighters Allege Harassment

Two Kentucky firefighters have filed suit in state court alleging they have been sexually harassed, threatened and abused by a deputy chief.  They are suing the department and the chief who they claim is responsible. George Givens and Michael Killebrew ...

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