Saturday, April 25, 2009
Dallas Fire-Rescue sued for sexual discrimination
Allegations in the suit include Siri-Edwards being told to stay quiet so the others wouldn't think a woman was running the department.
Dallas Fire-Rescue's highest ranking civilian female employee has sued the city for sexual discrimination. Leanne Siri-Edwards, 50, claims that she was demoted recently, despite excellent performance evaluations, for speaking up about sexual discrimination and lewd conduct in the agency. Allegations in the suit include her being told to stay quiet so the others wouldn't think a woman was running the department, receiving naked pictures of women from male coworkers via email, and on behalf of another female employee whose work space and desk had semen on it.
A 2006 fire efficiency study found that the department had major "undercurrents" of racial and gender division throughout personnel.
Posted by Erin