Former female firefighter alleges sexual harassment
Shelley Drescher said she was denied promotion in retaliation for her complaints of harassment and a sexist culture in the department
The Salt Lake Tribune
CLINTON, Utah — A former firefighter is suing the Clinton Fire Department for alleged discrimination and sexual harassment, claiming firefighters made sexually explicit comments, routinely walked in on her while she was showering and changing clothes in the women’s bathroom, and appeared in the station naked or wearing only underwear.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in 2nd District Court, Shelley Drescher claims that she was denied promotion in retaliation for her complaints of harassment and a sexist culture in the department where she worked as a part-time firefighter from 2008 to 2013.
Crew members "would often talk about their sexual fantasies involving female patients and discuss incidents in which they tried to look down the shirts of female patients," the lawsuit states. Sexual jokes were rampant, particularly at a sexual harassment seminar where a deputy chief "proceeded to tell a number of crude sex jokes, and said that conduct constituting sexual harassment was okay so long as the chiefs did not catch [employees] doing it," according to the complaint.