The role of a volunteer firefighter can be challenging and dangerous. What isn't needed is the worry of sexual harassment. Yet that's what one New Jersey female firefighter is claiming against the township in which she volunteered. Her sexual harassment case alleges that she was mistreated and was subsequently fired when she blew the whistle on the purported offender.
Her story is not atypical of other sexual harassment cases that are heard nationwide every day. The female firefighter states that she was harassed by one of her firefighting colleagues, who was a chief in an assistant position. She alleges that she was let go as a volunteer firefighter after she formally complained about his behavior to her superiors.
She is now suing numerous township entities and officials, including the area's fire department and fire district in which she volunteered her services. The case also names the father of the male colleague she says harassed her. The father acts as the deputy chief of the firefighters.
According to reports, this sexual harassment lawsuit affecting the firefighting community is the second one known to be pending in this particular New Jersey jurisdiction. Although the woman was acting as a volunteer, she is still within her rights to file this kind of grievance, particularly because the type of reprehensible conduct complained about is seen as a violation of her civil rights. There is no word as to how much she is seeking in remuneration for the damages she claims to have suffered by being terminated from her position as a firefighter and undergoing harassment by one of her coworkers.
Source: fireengineering.com, "Firefighting News: New Jersey Firefighter Claims Dismissal After Sexual Harassment Complaint", , April 8, 2014