The city of Orlando recently settled a sexual harassment lawsuit, agreeing to pay $1 million as part of the plaintiff’s retirement. According to this article in the Orlando Sentinel by Katie Rice, the plaintiff was an assistant fire chief at the Orlando Fire Department. The case alleged gender discrimination faced by Dawn Sumter and other female fire personnel in the workplace.
The article notes that the Orlando Fire Department will undergo a review of systems, including hiring and promotion practices, as part of their settlement. The treatment Sumter alleged included sexual harassment and gender discrimination. This review will seek to identify areas in which discrimination and harassment occur and prevent future incidents.
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