Tag Archives: sexual discrimination

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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New York Fire Department Sued for Gender Discrimination in Hiring

A female applicant for the Mount Vernon Fire Department has filed suit claiming the city’s use of physical abilities performance criteria to rank candidates unlawfully discriminates against women. Brittany Montana filed suit against the City of Mount Vernon alleging a violation of federal and state discrimination law.

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Sexual Harassment Suit by SC Firefighter Removed to Federal Court

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a female firefighter in South Carolina has been removed to US District Court. Rebecca Sterner filed suit late in 2020 naming the Goose Creek Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief Robert Maibach, Battalion Chief Gary Melton, and Lieutenant Steve Varlas as defendants.

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Chicago Fire Discrimination Suit to Proceed

In a ruling handed down yesterday, the City of Chicago was successful in getting part of a sexual discrimination suit brought against the fire department dismissed, but the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has ruled that a female fire-paramedic candidate who filed an earlier suit in 2016 will be allow to pursue certain of her claims in a second suit filed last year.

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Houston Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $275k

The City of Houston has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice on behalf of a female firefighter alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. The settlement puts to rest a contentious case that originally involved two female firefighters that dates back to 2009.

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Terminated Georgia Chief Claims Gender Discrimination

A Georgia fire chief who was terminated after she revealed that despite being born a male she identified as a female, has filed suit alleging gender and disability discrimination. Rachel Mosby filed suit against the City of Byron yesterday in US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

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Burning Question on What To Do If A Subordinate or Coworker Sues

Today’s burning question: One of my subordinates filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the fire department, the fire chief, the deputy chief and 75 John Does. Many members don’t want to work with her and are concerned about being formally named in the lawsuit. Can the city put her on paid leave pending the results of an investigation? Is there any case law that you can think of off the top of your head?

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Arizona Fire District Sued Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Allegations of sexual assault and a hostile work environment have been swirling for over a year in the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District, but this week two former firefighters filed suit against the district, a former fire chief and his wife, and a current captain and his wife.

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