Sex discrimination complaint against Harmony Fire District

GLOCESTER, R.I. (WPRI) – The ACLU has filed a complaint against the Harmony Fire District for allegedly firing a female employee as retaliation.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island (ACLU) has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the district, after Linda Ferragamo, an EMT/Firefighter says she was fired, after she raised concerns that male and female firefighters were being treated differently.

This is the second time in three months that the ACLU is filing a complaint about the Harmony Fire District. The first case was for a similar issue. The organization says Kimberly Perreault, another EMT/Paramedic with the district was let go a month before Ferragamo.

According to the ACLU, the Harmony Fire District fired Perreault for allegedly being unhappy with her job, and fired Ferragamo for allegedly missing, without notice, three shifts over a two-month period. Both women say they’ve voiced their concerns about gender inequality at board meetings, and feel that’s why they were terminated.

Ferragamo told the ACLU, “I have spoken up at several district board meetings in which I voiced my concern about the treatment of women in the department. My termination was in retaliation for my concerns. I have been a very active member of the fire department for 12 years. I also always found time to help and promote the department with outside activities. I hope to one day return to help the citizens of Harmony.”

The Harmony Fire District in Glocester has not released a public statement on the allegations.

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