Federal Government Sues City of Houston Over Alleged Sex Discrimination at Fire Department

Style Magazine Newswire | 3/9/2018, 7:54 a.m.
Urine on the walls, scalding showers and even death threats scrawled on their possessions. These were the conditions female firefighters ...
Houston, TX/ Randall Pugh

Source: TexasTribune.org

Urine on the walls, scalding showers and even death threats scrawled on their possessions. These were the conditions female firefighters had to endure at a fire station in Houston, a new federal lawsuit alleges. The federal government filed suit against the city of Houston over allegations of rampant sex discrimination in Houston Fire Department's Station 54. According to the lawsuit, men urinated all over the women's bathroom and dormitory, disconnected the cold water tap so that women would be scalded while showering and deactivated the speakers in the women’s dormitory so they would be unable to respond to emergency calls. The suit also claims female employees received death threats at work. When women filed complaints with management, the fire department “did not take meaningful steps to stop the discrimination” and one woman was forced into early retirement, the lawsuit alleges.