A new report concluded that D.C. fire department academy instructors displayed “potentially inappropriate” behavior but did not sexually harass female cadets in alleged incidents during training.
One of the instructors was suspended for nearly three weeks without pay, according to a report from the Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1fncdc9). Criminal charges were not filed in the incidents, which four cadets said made them feel uncomfortable. In one instance, a cadet said an instructor chest-bumped her before she slid down the fire pole and touched her on her leg, close to her buttocks. Another cadet said an instructor stroked her hair and neck.
The instructors were removed from the academy when the allegations were made, and it is unclear what position they currently hold.
Read more about the case at http://wapo.st/1fncdc9.
For more on issues of discrimination in the fire service, consider The Dilemma of Being a Woman Firefighter, Part 1,
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