Female firefighters allege culture of harassment, discrimination in SBFD

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first_img Twitter Facebook Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The South Bend Fire Department’s female members have sent the mayor’s office a letter demanding they deal with what they say is a longstanding culture of sexual harassment and discrimination.This, after an unnamed fire captain allegedly demeaned, harassed and blocked a female firefighter’s attempt to leave when he was verbally harassing her. The letter states the captain also struck her in the head.The South Bend Tribune reports that the captain was put on 24-hour unpaid leave, broken up into three 8-hour days, something the authors of the letter likened to a slap on the wrist. They also allude to years of incidents of blatant violations including harassment, discrimination and inappropriate sexual acts in fire stations.The mayor’s spokesman told the South Bend Tribune the city takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously and will take proactive steps to ensure a harassment-free workplace.Councilman Henry Davis Jr. issued a statement saying he is deeply disturbed by the alleged misconduct within and that he expects the matter to be addressed by the proper authorities and all perpetrators held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.Read more about the case in the original story published in The South Bend TribuneCouncilman Henry Davis Jr’s. complete statement:I am deeply disturbed by the media report this morning of the alleged misconduct within our South Bend Fire Department. Although we do not have a complete understanding of the events, it would be safe to say that any acts of violence are condemned by my district office. It is my prayer that this matter will be addressed by the proper authorities and all perpetrators will be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. There is no place for this type of behavior in our world. We take pride in our fire department, as this is a world-class organization that has setthe standard of success and excellence throughout the country. We need to make sure that all city employees are held to a higher standard of service and commitment to all residents. By Jon Zimney – April 15, 2021 0 151 Female firefighters allege culture of harassment, discrimination in SBFD Pinterest Google+ Previous articleBody found of man swept into Lake Michigan at Silver BeachNext articleNew platform for teachers who want to go off-script Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more