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Sexual harassment and sex discrimination lawsuit filed against Fairmount Fire Protection District

On Wednesday the former second highest ranking officer in the Fairmount Fire Protection District filed a sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation against the district and against former chiefs Joel Hager and Don Angell.

Laura Herblan, who served as the FFPD’s Fire Marshal and Division Chief, claims that she “suffered severe and pervasive sexual harassment at the hands of her supervisors and co-workers” and that she was subjected to gender discrimination in regard to, among other things, the wages and compensation that she received.

Herblan alleges that the FFPD paid male employees of equal rank as and of lower rank significantly higher wages and compensation and offered them better benefits.

Herblan claims that she was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment that included “harassing statements and actions by her subordinate co-workers and her superiors…on an almost daily basis.”

According to the complaint, “Defendant Joel Hager, has on various occasions referred to Fire Marshal Herblan’s breasts and indicated that, because she was a female FFPD employee, her role was limited to a secretarial position.”

Herblan alleges that she was referred to as the following: “The Girl,” “Princess,” “Bulldog,” “Token Girl,” “Cert Chaser,” “Goodie-Goodie,” and “secretary.”

According to the complaint, “when Fire Marshal Herblan complained about the sexual harassment and discrimination she suffered, she was retaliated against by both her supervisors and the FFPD Board of Directors.”

Herblan claims that she was forced to resign from the FFPD in February 2013 because of the hostile work environment and ongoing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Sexual harassment and sex discrimination lawsuit filed against Fairmount Fire Protection District
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