fbpx

Gender And Corrections Assignments

Christina Jones worked as a correctional officer at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Henryville Correctional Facility. Henryville is a minimum security male prison facility, housing between 170 and 200 inmates and employing 34 custody staff. Of the 34 custody staff, 28 were male. In 2011, custody staff were scheduled on a monthly basis, with a six day on, two day off rotation. The Department employed a practice of placing…

Read More

Gender-Based Assignments In Prisons Can Be Legal

For years, the State of Washington dealt with allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by male prison guards, breaches of inmate privacy, and security gaps. A primary driver, according to prison authorities, was the lack of female correctional officers to oversee female offenders and administer sensitive tasks, such as observing inmates showering and dressing and performing pat-downs and strip searches. The State undertook a comprehensive assessment and ultimately designated…

Read More

Colorful Decision Upholds Discrimination Verdict For Firefighter

From the opening words of a federal court’s opinion in Firefighter Melissa Smith’s sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the City of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, one realizes that the Court’s opinion is going to be unlike most “just the facts, ma’am” judicial decisions. Judge Gregory Presnell began his opinion writing: “Discrimination in the workplace anywhere in the United States is inconsistent with the concept of ordered liberty as…

Read More

Male Officer Not Entitled To Maternity Leave

Ronald Wahl is a police officer for the Suffolk County, New York Police Department. Wahl’s child was born on December 20, 1999, and on January 14, 2000, Wahl requested that he be permitted to take maternity leave and deduct the days taken from his accrued sick leave. Department rules and procedures and the applicable collective bargaining agreement permitted a pregnant female officer to take nine months of leave after…

Read More

Calling Officer A ‘Pain’ Not Gender Or Race Discrimination

Sharon Davis, an African-American, was employed as a police officer with the Newark, New Jersey Police Department. Davis filed a seven-count lawsuit against the City, alleging that she was retaliated against for raising issues of racial and gender discrimination. The federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected all of Davis’s claims. The Court held that, “even accepting Davis’s allegations, she has failed to claim that she was retaliated against…

Read More

Changing Bathroom Locks Averts Fire Department Discrimination Claim

In 2002, 204 firefighters and a group known as the Vulcan Pioneers of New Jersey brought claims alleging race and gender discrimination in the workplace of the Newark, New Jersey Fire Department. By 2008, only two firefighters remained in the lawsuit, and were appealing the dismissal of their claims to the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court’s decision focused on the claims of Jacqueline Jones, an African-American…

Read More

Firefighter Loses MySpace Case, Job

Tiffany Marshall was hired by the City of Savannah, Georgia in September 2006 as a probationary firefighter. Prior to beginning her employment with the City, Marshall switched her account at www.myspace.com to “private” so that only designated “friends” could view photographs in the private section of her account. These photographs included a picture of firefighters from the Department, which she obtained without permission from the City’s website. Marshall labeled…

Read More

Court Upholds Same-Sex Supervision Policy In Corrections Facility

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department requires that all female inmates be placed in female-only housing units, or “pods.” In October 2006, the Sheriff implemented a policy requiring that only female deputies be assigned to staff these female pods. A group of male and female deputies brought a federal court lawsuit, alleging that the Sheriff’s staffing policy amounted to illegal gender discrimination. A federal court rejected the claim, finding that…

Read More

Treatment Of Other Firefighters Bolsters African-American Firefighter’s Discrimination Claim

Tiffanye Wesley is a firefighter with Arlington County, Virginia. After several years’ experience riding a fire truck, serving as a training center instructor and in other administrative roles, Wesley began the process of competing within the Department for the position of captain. Although she met all of the minimum objective criteria to be eligible for promotion, and had twice passed both a written test and an experiential assessment designed…

Read More

Court Ducks Firefighter’s ‘Sex Plus Height’ Claim

Tonya Coffman, who is by her own description five feet tall “with shoes on,” began working for the Indianapolis Fire Department in April 2001. Her tenure was unremarkable until late 2003, when two fellow firefighters expressed concern about her driving ability. One lieutenant observed that Coffman “needed to put the bench seat all the way forward in order to reach the pedals and needed to literally hold onto the…

Read More

Calling Female Officer ‘Darling’ Does Not Amount To Sexual Harassment

Stormy Magiera works for the Dallas, Texas Police Department. Magiera and a fellow officer, Sergeant Ingram, responded to a nightclub where they had heard a gunshot. Ingram became irritated at how Magiera was processing the scene, and asked her to “speed the process up and issue some people some tickets so they could get out of there.” To the contrary, Magiera believed that the responding officer should arrest some…

Read More

Sexual Harassment Too Old To Be ‘Continuing’

Genevieve Drees has served both as a dispatcher and a detention employee for Suffolk County, New York. Drees brought a sex discrimination lawsuit against the County, contending that she was the victim of gender-based hostile work environment harassment, and that she had been retaliated against for raising a harassment issue. A federal court dismissed the first of the claims, finding the allegations barred by the statute of limitations. Drees…

Read More

Police Chief Applicant Loses Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Vicky Arrington was hired by Alabama State University as a police investigator in 2002. In 2003, Arrington began serving as interim Chief of Police after the Chief and his second in command were deployed to Iraq. In 2005, the Chief’s position became open upon the retirement of the incumbent Chief. Arrington was one of the candidates for the permanent chief’s job. In the end, the vice president of the…

Read More

Powered by WishList Member - Membership Software